[Vancouver & Toronto mayors slam Harper & the "conservatives". Campbell made the "clear & present danger" comment on TV; I don't htink it's in print - NSay]
'Barbarians at the gate,' warns Vancouver mayor
WebPosted Jun 10 2004 12:29 PM PDT
MONTREAL - Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell has appealed to other big city mayors to support anyone but Conservative leader Stephen Harper in the upcoming federal election.
Speaking to other members of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities meeting in Montreal, Campbell says people who care about what happens to cities shouldn't vote for Harper.
"I mean we're talking traditional right-wing government. That's the barbarians at the gate.
"It's unthinkable that we would go back," says Campbell. "I mean he wants to take us back to the 50s."
Campbell says that a vote for the Conservatives will reverse any gains cities have made in getting money for infrastructure from Ottawa.
He says Liberal Leader Martin and NDP Leader Layton were both at a recent meeting of 2,000 mayors and councillors in Edmonton – promising to hand back five cents per litre of federal gas tax money.
He says Harper has promised just three cents a litre, and that Harper didn't even bother to attend the meeting
Campbell isn't alone in his criticism. Toronto Mayor David Miller says while both Martin and Layton have recognized the needs of cities, Harper hasn't.
"In Toronto we have a $235-million backlog just on roads. You know that's to keep what we have now in good repair.
"And Mr. Harper has some time left to change their platform," says Miller. "I hope he does. I hope he reconsiders."
Miller and Campbell have an unlikely ally in Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion. The well-known Conservative supporter says the health of cities would deteriorate if Stephen Harper were elected prime minister.