Harcourt and Robertson say leadership is more important than ever, urge voters to choose experience, ambition and results on all civic boards
With the municipal election only days away, two former mayors of Vancouver– Mike Harcourt and Gregor Robertson – are joining together in a united appeal to voters to support Vision Vancouver candidates as residents head to the polls.
The two former mayors have over 25 years combined experience in elected office. Both led transformational work on climate change, transit, housing, neighbourhood preservation and harm reduction on City Council. With close to 60 council candidates on the ballot, the former mayors are urging voters to choose all Vision candidates for City Council, Vancouver School Board and Vancouver Park Board.
Former Mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson adds: “In this moment of urgency for climate action, electing Vision Vancouver councilors will ensure real action - on land use reform, active transportation and green leadership. Cities around the world are looking to us to see what’s possible–Vancouver can and must re-assume a global climate leadership role. Vision leaders turned Vancouver into one of the greenest cities in the world - it's time to elect leaders with the courage to lead Vancouver once again.”
"A progressive council is critical for the success of a progressive mayor,” said former Vancouver mayor and BC Premier Mike Harcourt. “We need councillors who will fight to extend the Broadway Subway to UBC, the same way I fought against a freeway through Chinatown. That’s the work that Boldt, Barzegari and Mackinnon will do at Vancouver City Council. We also need school trustees and park board commissioners that are ready to take action on climate adaptation, improve accessibility for people of all ages, and advocate for public education in our city. That’s why I’m pleased to endorse Vision’s full slate of candidates for school and park board, as well.”
The Vancouver election is on October 15th. You can read more about Vision Vancouver here www.votevision.ca.