BC NDP public safety critic Mike Farnworth says Richard Stewart has it all wrong.
The Coquitlam mayor released an open letter to NDP leader John Horgan on Tuesday, slamming the Opposition leader for a letter he sent Premier Christy Clark last fall, urging her to redeploy RCMP resources to make sure Surrey gets its 100 new Mounties.
Stewart posted the letter on Facebook, essentially calling on government to stop pitting municipalities against each other.
“Those are our resources, and they’re paid for by our taxpayers.”
He says if municipalities want to work with each other on policing, it shouldn’t be forced by the province.
He adds some communities have paid to have strong policing resources, and shouldn’t pay the price for others who haven’t.
Mounties can be deployed from anywhere: NDP
But Farnworth says the NDP isn’t advocating taking resources from Coquitlam to help Surrey, or any other municipality for that matter.
He says Mounties can be redeployed from other parts of the country.
“It’s one of the advantages of a national police force is the ability to deploy resources. In fact, it’s provided for in the 2012 RCMP contract.”
Farnworth points to the Olympics as an example of when officers were brought in from elsewhere to help out.
“It is really inappropriate for people in provincial office to start talking about redeploying local government’s resources.”