Voters may get their say on incinerator

Coquitlam council wants the issue tied to the TransLink funding referendum.

  • Jun. 24, 2014 8:00 a.m.

The Tri-City News

Coquitlam voters won’t see a referendum question about Metro Vancouver’s planned incinerator on the civic ballot when they go the polls in November.

But when the TransLink funding referendum eventually takes place, voters across the region may be asked for their view on the controversial topic.

That’s the hope of Coquitlam city council, which passed a motion this week to have the issue tied to the TransLink referendum.

The motion came late Monday as council sought to find ways for the public to have a voice on Metro’s $450-million incinerator proposal.

Coun. Neal Nicholson, a member of Metro’s zero waste committee, said he has heard plenty from angry residents as well as frustrated Metro directors who are concerned about the agency’s plan to burn trash in a new facility.

Coun. Craig Hodge said a number of groups, including the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, the BC Chamber of Commerce and the Vancouver and Surrey boards of trade, are opposed to the incinerator plan.