Metro Vancouver is calling on BC’s four largest political parties to publicly clarify their platforms on critical issues facing the region, including affordable housing, transit and protecting the environment, as well as how they intend to work with the regional government on funding major capital projects.
Seven key questions were sent to the BC Liberals, BC NDP, BC Conservatives and the Green Party of BC on March 1, with a response deadline of March 31, 2017. Their answers will be posted on a new website, Local Government Matters, in the weeks leading up to the May 9 provincial election.
During the next few months, Metro Vancouver aims to engage the political parties in public discussions around issues such as increasing affordable housing supply and building better transit throughout the region to help voters determine which political policies would best support their communities.
One of the questions posed to the B.C. provincial parties is whether they will provide funding for Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision for Transit and Transportation plan. Federal funding is already secured but a financial commitment from the province is needed to alleviate congestion and keep the plan on schedule.
Additional questions relate to the province’s willingness to work more closely with Metro Vancouver on issues of common concern, such as funding commitments for large capital projects. Municipal governments own more than 60 per cent of the country’s infrastructure, but collect just eight cents of every tax dollar paid in Canada. The other 92 cents goes to federal, provincial and territorial governments.
Metro Vancouver will not be endorsing any political party and Local Government Matters is a non-partisan initiative to encourage the parties to be forthcoming about how they plan to tackle issues that our residents want addressed.
See the questions for political parties at www.localgovernmentmatters.com
To see other Metro Vancouver videos check out our Video Gallery with a searchable index of hundreds of videos.