The City of Maple Ridge is passing the political hot potato of housing the homeless in hotels back over to the Liberal government.
City Council passed two motions this week at a special meeting asking the two Liberal MLA’s for the city confirm their support before the province moves forward with upgrading the Quality Inn hotel on Lougheed Highway into a supportive housing complex for the homeless.
Resident Matt Kelso says it’s a good move, but he’s still organizing a rally Saturday against the proposal.
“We were never consulted, the community, there was no public consultation process, everything was decided in closed meetings.”
Kelso says one thousand people have also signed a petition at the nearby Pantry restaurant as it faces an uncertain future.