Vernon mayor rips into MP

Colin Mayes insists his comments at a homeless memorial ceremony are being misinterpreted

Vernon’s mayor has blasted the local MP.

Rob Sawatzky used Monday’s city council meeting to blast Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes over comments he made at the recent unveiling of a homeless memorial in Polson Park.

“For Mr. Mayes to state that this was not a government issue is, at best, disturbing, saiid Sawatzky, adding that homelessness does fall under Ottawa’s responsibilities.

“He is abdicating his responsibility with his stated position.”

However, Mayes insists his comments are being misinterpreted.

“My comment was it’s not government’s fault there is homelessness. They (homeless) have come into homeless issues because of disabilities or addictions,” he said, adding that the federal government has invested in programs that assist the homeless.

Look for more in Wednesday’s Morning Star.