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Metro Vancouver pinpoints key issues ahead of provincial election

DCN-JOC News Services
Metro Vancouver pinpoints key issues ahead of provincial election

VANCOUVER — The Metro Vancouver board has identified several key priorities for the region in advance of the Oct. 24 provincial election.

Thirteen questions have been sent to the three major parties ahead of the election, a Metro Vancouver release stated, highlighting pandemic response, resilience and equity, investments in infrastructure funding and economic recovery, housing and affordability and climate change and the environment.

“We are bringing attention to the issues that are most significant to Metro Vancouver residents and our member jurisdictions. This campaign allows us to get a better understanding of the parties’ priorities and is a resource for voters to learn about regional issues and how they may be addressed,” Metro Vancouver board of directors chair Sav Dhaliwal said in a statement.

Metro Vancouver has earmarked over $6 billion in shovel-ready critical infrastructure investments over the next five years with a focus on drinking water, liquid waste, housing and regional parks.

“Infrastructure is critical to protecting quality of life and well-being. According to a recent survey, the vast majority of residents strongly believe that infrastructure investment must be part of B.C.’s and Canada’s plans to build back better from COVID-19. Metro Vancouver is well-positioned to partner with the Province of B.C. to realize shared objectives to spur economic growth, address climate change, protect natural habitats and create more affordable and inclusive communities,” Metro Vancouver board of directors vice-chair Linda Buchanan added.

The board sent the letter to the three major parties on Oct. 8 and all responses will be published at localgovernmentmatters.com.

Metro Vancouver ran similar campaigns during the 2013 and 2017 provincial elections and the 2019 federal election.

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