Burnaby Councillor Sav Dhaliwal has shocked the local political world by being named to a powerful regional position.
Dhaliwal won election to the position of chair of Metro Vancouver – beating out longtime Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in the process.
Normally a position held by a mayor, Dhaliwal takes over from retired Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore to be chair of the regional government that covers 21 municipalities, one treaty First Nation and one electoral area. Metro Vancouver has a budget in the hundreds of millions and it manages regional parks, much of the region’s water system and regional growth strategies.
Brodie has an extensive resume as Richmond mayor, and the other nominee was Delta’s Lois Jackson.
Dhaliwal was elected to Burnaby Council in 2002 and re-elected for four consecutive terms since. He has served on the boards of Metro Vancouver, Federation of Canadian Municipalities and president of the Union of BC Municipalities.
Read more about him here.