NPA announcement continues confusion on Broadway Subway, shows lack of experience

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The NPA’s latest comments on transit in Vancouver show the risk of electing an out-of-touch NPA that lacks leadership on the key issues.

Today’s NPA announcement on transit continues weeks of conflicting messages from their mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe. This is combined with a vague promise of more studies on traffic and bike routes, showcasing a lack of leadership from the NPA and a refusal to put forward concrete policies.

“The NPA has no credible plan on transit and with a major transit refrendum taking place next spring, electing an inexperienced NPA would be a huge risk to our city,” said Vision Vancouver Councillor Geoff Meggs. “It’s clear from their release today that the NPA has no positive alternative to address the needs for transit in Vancouver. Most concerning is that Mr LaPointe doesn’t even seem to understand where a Broadway Subway would start from.

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Fact Check: NPA comments on economy show inexperience

One day after the release of Mayor Robertson and Vision Vancouver's economic platform, new comments from the NPA highlight their business inexperience and lack of understanding of the city's economy.

Vision Vancouver's economic agenda focuses on controlling spending and keeping taxes low, enabling start-ups and entrepreneurs to succeed, and support for local small businesses. The NPA's Mr. LaPointe made a number of comments in response, showing his lack of understanding of the City's budget and economy.

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Vision Vancouver releases economic plan, provides steady leadership on jobs and local business

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Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson released his economic and jobs platform for the next four years today, from the site of the new $750 million national Telus headquarters in Downtown Vancouver, BC’s largest private sector employer.

“Vancouver’s economy is strong, diverse, and growing, and we need to keep it moving in the right direction,” said Mayor Robertson. “I’m proud of the role we’ve played in this success. We’re seeing big investments in our downtown, homegrown companies succeeding, and newfound confidence in our economy.”

Robertson pointed out that, under Vision’s leadership, Vancouver has the lowest property taxes of any major city in Canada, and has reduced its debt by $191 million. There are also a record seven new office towers under construction in Downtown Vancouver.

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Vision adds more child care, child care database to its Affordability Agenda

Last night, Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vision Vancouver announced a commitment to make every elementary school getting a seismic upgrade child care ready, leveraging provincial investments to expand child care access in neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver.

A Vision City Council will also work to get child care centre inspection and violation data into an open source database, so that families can easily search the inspection history of child care centres on their mobile device.

These policies build on Vision’s Affordability Agenda, which will deliver 4,000 more rental units over four years, 1,000 new child care spaces, free learn-to-swim courses for kids under 14, and target 35% of housing in new developments to families.

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Election forum raises questions on NPA’s hidden agenda on housing

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With 30 days to the election, more questions are being raised about the NPA’s hidden agenda on housing and development, after a debate hosted by neighbourhood groups failed to yield clear answers from the NPA on what their plans are for housing and development.

At a debate last night hosted by the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods, the NPA’s Kirk LaPointe spoke at length about launching a new “city plan.” Despite several questions, he refused to explain how it would work, raising fears from neighbourhood groups that the NPA will throw out long-standing neighbourhood plans, and ignore existing targets for affordable housing.

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NPA Housing Plan would cut more affordable housing than it creates, take Vancouver backwards

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A review of the NPA’s affordable housing platform shows that an NPA government would actually reduce the amount of affordable housing being created, at a time when Vancouver desperately needs more housing for low and middle incomes.

Yesterday the NPA committed to ending the City’s successful Rental 100 Program, which provides incentives for the creation of rental apartments, instead of condos. The program has helped deliver more than 1,000 new rental apartments a year for the past two years, compared to zero rental apartments built in 2008 – the last year of an NPA Council.

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Fact check: NPA housing approach out of touch with Vancouver's needs

With the release of the NPA's housing platform, Vancouver voters have a clear choice in November's election. On November 15th, voters have a clear choice between a Vision Vancouver council that is committed to building new affordable housing, or an out-of-touch NPA who have no plan to address Vancouver's affordability challenges.

"The NPA's approach on housing represents the same tired, out-of-touch policies that failed before and will do nothing to help people in Vancouver," said Vision Vancouver Councillor Geoff Meggs. "The NPA's belief that we should let 'the market' decide what housing gets built in Vancouver will only drag our city backwards. It's not a surprise this is coming from the same party that has voted 25 times against measures to address affordable housing and homelessness."

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NPA confusion on transit continues to highlight election risk

Comments made at the Metro Vancouver Alliance assembly by the NPA's mayoral candidate on transit should be a big concern for Vancouver voters, says Vision Vancouver.

When asked his position on supporting better transit and if he would champion the new 10-year Transit Plan for Metro Vancouver, the NPA's Mr LaPointe said he did support the 10 year plan, but then did not support the proposal as it involves using the carbon tax.

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Fact Check: NPA confusion extends to whether or not they will have a platform

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With only 36 days to the election, the NPA have not proposed any plans to build housing for families, create child care spaces, make our city more affordable, or protect our waters from an expansion of oil tanker traffic: all of which are important challenges requiring strong leadership at City Hall.

A review of the public comments of the NPA show that may be because they can’t seem to decide whether or not they will release policies or a platform at all.

 

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Vision Vancouver’s Robertson releases “Affordability Agenda”

Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson today announced his Affordability Agenda, promising to strengthen and expand on the work his party has started to support families across Vancouver.

“Whether it's building 4,000 new units of rental housing, opening more child care spaces, or providing free access for kids to our pools, our new commitments today are critical pieces of our continuing work to make life more affordable for all Vancouver families,” said Mayor Robertson.

Mayor Robertson was joined at his announcement by several other members of Vision Vancouver’s team, including Council Candidate Niki Sharma.

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