“Reprehensible” and “scandalous” were words used by the lawyers representing Mayor Gregor Roberston in the Hootsuite Lawsuit filed against him by political opponent Glen Chernen, mayoral candidate of the newly found Cedar Party.
The lawsuit filed against him by a political opponent alleges that the City of Vancouver gave a sweetheart deal to Vancouver tech giant Hootsuite. Last year, the social media giant relocated to a City-owned building at 5 East 8th Avenue, and Chernen speculates an alleged conflict of interest was involved given Hootsuite’s “assistance” to run Vision Vancouver’s 2011 election campaign.
However, the lawsuit ignores the fact that Hootsuite is frequently the social media platform of choice for marketing entrepreneurs and political campaigns.
When the deal was first announced in 2012, it was hailed as a sound move to keep Hootsuite and tech jobs in Vancouver as the company had outgrown its Gastown space.
The mayor filed his response in B.C. Supreme Court yesterday. The statement said he would respond “forcefully” to a lawsuit claiming a conflict of interest over the city leasing a building to Hootsuite.
The Mayor claims it is filled with misstatements of fact and false innuendos, adding that the lawsuit is devoid of any legal merit.
Here is an excerpt of Robertson’s legal defence via CKNW.
“The obvious lack of legal merit of this proceeding, together with its apparent political purpose, ought to attract an award of special costs. In every respect it is reprehensible and deserving of rebuke. Not only does it make scandalous and unfounded alegations and innuendoes, but it is an abuse of this Court’s process for rank political ends.”
In the fall of 2013, Chernan revealed the Cedar Party’s platform and confronted the Mayor and Vision Vancouver by announcing their anti-bike lane and anti-densification “no growth” stance.
Featured Image by Nima Zadrafi from The Glass Eye.