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The NDP's Public Safety critic wants to know how a new policing deal was signed with Ottawa without addressing the costs of the new RCMP headquarters.
Kathy Corrigan says there is plenty of blame to split between the province and the federal government.
"The Feds moved ahead with a Billion dollar plus building without having an agreement in place at a time when negotiations were taking place about policing in British Columbia so yeah I have huge concerns they built the building before doing the negotiating and I blame both the Provincial government and the Federal government for not getting it worked out."
Corrigan says as the province and local governments wait to negotiate the bill it will be taxpayers who will ultimately have to pay.
"We pay federal taxes we pay provincial taxes and we pay local taxes so one way or another the people of the lower mainland are going to be on the hook for the building that is going to cost one point two billion dollars and for which we have committments over the next generation yeah I got real concerns about it we are on the hook and we don't even know how much we are on the hook for."
She says despite the new RCMP deal it is the same old formula with Ottawa dictating to the province and local governments.