NDP position on mayor’s criminal sexual assault allegations is unacceptable

VICTORIA (October 10, 2019) – BC Liberal critic for Municipal Affairs and Housing Todd Stone is calling on NDP MLAs to clarify their comments with respect to questions about whether NDP-backed Mayor Rob Vagramov of Port Moody should step aside while he’s facing criminal charges of sexual assault.

Earlier this week, Port Moody council voted in favour of a motion to have Vagramov returned to an unpaid leave of absence while he faces serious criminal charges. Despite a clear majority vote by council, the mayor has declined to do so. When asked in the Legislature today about whether she supports Port Moody council’s decision, NDP Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson replied that, “I would hope that the mayor would listen to the community and do the right thing.”

“The minister’s response would suggest she believes Vagramov should step aside, though she needs to make it crystal clear that this is indeed what she meant by her comments. And, equally important, the next question is does the mayor’s best friend and political ally, NDP MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam Rick Glumac, support his minister’s position that the mayor should step aside, or will he continue to defend his friend and refuse to offer an opinion on whether Vagramov should step aside in light of criminal charges for sexual assault?” said Stone.

MLA Glumac previously ignored overwhelming opposition to the Speculation and Vacancy Tax by his constituents in the Village of Belcarra.

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