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Burnaby's incoming mayor unsure how far he'll go to block Trans Mountain project

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Mayor-elect Mike Hurley says there's no doubt the Trans Mountain project should be halted

The City of Burnaby has already spent more than $1 million on legal fees in Trans Mountain fight

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – Burnaby’s incoming mayor plans to continue his predecessor’s battle against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. But he’s not sure yet if it’s worth pursuing legal action to make sure it doesn’t go ahead.

Mayor-elect Mike Hurley, who officially takes over City Hall Nov. 5, 2018, says there’s no doubt the project needs to be halted.

“I’m very solidly against that project. It just carries way too much risk for our city.”

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The city has already spent more than $1 million on legal fees, but Hurley says he needs more time to figure out whether that battle should carry on. “I don’t that yet until I talk to my legal team and see what are our chances of success.”

Hurley promises to ensure people in his community are kept up to date on any further costs linked to the legal battle. “I will always have transparency with anything I do at city hall. It will always be done with transparency.”

“If I am curating costs, the citizens will know right away,” he added.

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Back in August, when we learned how much money’s already been spent since 2014, Hurley called it a “ridiculous use of taxpayers’ money” by outgoing Mayor Derek Corrigan.

 – With files from Lasia Kretzel