An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
THE UNION OF B.C. MUNICIPALITIES is under fire from some of its own members this week over a reception put on for delegates to its annual convention each September.
The UBCM is the group that speaks for B.C.’s mayors, councillors and regional district directors. The event in question is a shindig thrown by the People’s Republic of China for convention attendees.
Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West indignantly points out that the Chinese government not only hosts a reception but pays the UBCM to be a sponsor. The UBCM president, Kamloops Coun. Arjun Singh, has confirmed the sponsorship is worth $6,000.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.