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Mayor Derek Corrigan after walking out of a closed-doors meeting yesterday.

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan stormed red-faced and seething out of a closed-doors meeting yesterday while other local mayors voted to appoint TransLink’s new, non-elected board of directors.

"I walked out," Corrigan said. "I’m disgusted because I think the mayors are making a real error in co-operating with the provincial government in appointing this private sector board."

The new board, selected from a shortlist of 15 private-sector candidates, is part of TransLink’s new governance structure, created by Bill 43.

Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon introduced the bill, changing TransLink’s board of directors from local mayors and councillors to a board of professionals.

The Mayors’ Council, which was closed to the media and the public yesterday, was expected to take 20 minutes, but ran for more than an hour.

Nine board members were approved, confirmed Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. Their identities will be announced today.