Richmond city councillors sidestep move to prioritize hate crimes

Richmond News

Richmond city councillor Chak Au said he feels like he’s fighting racism alone on council.

When the majority of council didn’t support him at Monday’s meeting in adding “hate crimes” as a priority to the RCMP’s upcoming work plan, Au voted against the plan saying it was sending the wrong message.

“We may say we would like to ask the RCMP for more information but without making it a priority, or even considering making it into a priority, I think this is sending the wrong message to the public. It’s insulting the public,” Au said.

Au asked for hate crimes to be included as the fifth priority on the work plan, but only Mayor Malcolm Brodie and Coun. Michael Wolfe supported sending the plan back to staff to explore this. …

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