Why it is critical to elect Micheline in 2013:
Appropriate Mass Transit
1Vancouver doesn’t have a population density appropriate for a light rail system. I don’t object to the building of a bridge but I do object to the vision of the Columbia River Crossing which includes costly light rail. There are other alternatives which need to be more fully explored instead of pushing a faulty bridge design onto this area solely to capture $850 million tax payer dollars from the Federal government and push light rail maintenance and operation costs on Vancouver for generations without the approval of Vancouver Citizens.
2I will work for a sustainable budget that puts city priorities such as police, fire, water and sewer first. Our city budget is overburdened with capital improvement projects that then require the expansion of the operations and maintenance expenditures for such as is occurring in the Parks department. As a Councilwoman I will budget properly for the Park’s Operation and Maintenance cost rather than assume it will be covered with the passage of a Parks initiative. As a city councilwoman I will work hard to prioritize the core services needed to keep Vancouver livable.
3Vancouver’s unemployment rate is well above 8%. At one time over 75% of businesses in Vancouver were small businesses but now as I drive around Vancouver I see more and more small businesses closings and lots of vacant office space. We need to get people back to work. By lessening the tax and regulation burdens on businesses this can be accomplished. In planning for Vancouver’s future our City Council needs zoning for light industry areas that create family wage jobs not just commercial areas for more Burger Kings.