Richmond Review: Richmond councillor calls new RCMP contract ‘a joke’

A new 20-year deal with the RCMP got a frosty reception at city hall Monday as elected officials refused to sign a contract one councillor said is “full of holes.”

“It’s a joke,” said Coun. Derek Dang, chair of council’s community safety committee. “We’re going to sign a 20-year agreement that saddles my kids and maybe their kids, to a contract and we don’t know what the final outcome is. It’s untenable.”

Richmond council passed on its first chance to endorse a contract with the province to secure policing services from federal Mounties. Last month federal and provincial ministers signed the deal, giving city councils until the end of April to ratify.

Dang and his council colleagues agreed Monday to wait until the RCMP/Mayors’ Consultative Forum meets April 20 before making a move.

“I want to make a statement on this because I don’t believe anyone else has got the cojones in the region to actually do something,” said Dang…

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