Metchosin Mayor John Ranns opposed the motion as “too restrictive” given other pressures facing the region.
“It is focusing where the stimulus money will be spent,” he said. “I see this as an ideological initiative and I don’t think this is the time for that. I can’t help but think that there’s a number of members here that don’t really see the new world that we’re entering.”
Ranns said the country has yet to experience the full impact of the pandemic, because many people are still being supported by federal government programs.
“When that ends, when the jobs end, when everything else ends, we are going to be in severe economic trouble,” he said. “I’ve been there. I know what it’s like, where you’re going to be fighting to try and just find money for essential things.”
Ranns said it’s unclear what will happen to transportation as people lose their jobs, while others continue to work from home. “Is there even going to be a need for that much transportation? We don’t know that.”
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 25 June 2020 - 06:37 AM.