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West Vancouver councillor issues open letter to residents over California trip controversy

Peter Lambur (Courtesy PeterLambur.com)

After a West Vancouver city councillor acknowledged he left the country he is issuing an open letter to residents

Peter Lambur admits he flew to California to visit his six-month-old granddaughter for the first time

Lambur says in retrospect, taking the trip was a lapse of judgement and he apologizes

WEST VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A West Vancouver city councillor is now explaining to residents why he went away to California during the Christmas holidays.

Peter Lambur says he travelled to the U.S. state to visit with his six-month-old granddaughter for the first time and insists that up until now, he has laid low, staying close to home and seldom venturing beyond the North Shore since March.

“In early December, I cancelled a previously planned trip to Whistler on the advice that all British Columbians should recreate locally within the region where they reside. However, later that month, I had planned to travel to California,” he said in the statement.

The councillor says weeks leading up to his trip, he monitored the conditions at his destination and planned his trip around minimizing the risk of COVID-19 exposure.

“I complied with Provincial protocols and precautions and Govt. of Canada rules and travel advisories. At the end of it all, I had to plan for a mandatory 14 day quarantine period (now in my 9th day),” he said Friday.

Lambur acknowledges that he neglected to consider how, in his role as a local government elected official, his actions might be viewed while the pandemic rages on.

“While I planned my travels with safety as my uppermost concern, I neglected to consider how, in my role as a local government elected official, my actions might be viewed by you, West Van residents, particularly given a worsening environment fraught with frustration as pandemic metrics continue to stubbornly resist improvement,” he said.

“In retrospect, I see this as a lapse of judgement and apologize to those who are upset and angered by my decision to travel when many of you put your own plans on hold. I am sincerely sorry.”

Lambur adds he looks forward to continuing to serve as a city councillor.

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