A conflict of interest case against Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and councillor Geoff Meggs has been thrown out.
A citizen group argued the pair should be booted from office, after Meggs is heard on an election-time secret recording telling a union that the mayor is committing not to contract out new services.
The group argued that is a conflict of interest, since that pledge came at a meeting where donations were being considered.
But in his ruling, Supreme Court Justice Elliot Myers says there’s nothing wrong with a politician stating his policy in hopes of gaining votes or campaign contributions.
He adds, arguing Robertson and Meggs should have publicly denied the allegations at the time was a public relations argument, not a legal one.
The case against the pair was brought forward by a citizen group led by Randy Helten, who has refused to say who has footed the costly legal fees associated with this case.
Vision Vancouver has picked up the bill for Robertson and Meggs’ legal fees.