FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2022
VANCOUVER, BC – Mayoral candidates from across Metro Vancouver gathered at Hastings Park to make a pitch for a united voice for area transit needs.
ABC Vancouver Mayoral candidate Ken Sim stood together with current Mayoral candidates and Mayors Mike Little (Dist. of North Vancouver) and Richard Stewart (Coquitlam) at Hastings Park to discuss the importance of speaking with a unified voice to secure senior government transit funding.
Unlike amalgamated municipalities such as Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Edmonton, in Metro Vancouver there are 22 regional councils (21 municipal councils and Tsawwassen First Nation) that can weigh in when advocating for regional projects.
“We need to work together and that is the point of us coming together today. To show that we can and will work together to make sure that Metro Vancouver gets the funding it deserves. And eventually, so we can all take the Skytrain to the PNE.” Said Ken Sim.
“Major investments are built from consensus and making it easier for people across Metro Vancouver to get to Hastings Park would benefit residents throughout the region,” said Richard Stewart.
“The North Shore has been cut off from the South Shore for too long, it’s time for us all to get together and make this rapid-transit connection a reality,” said Mike Little.
In addition, Maple Ridge Mayor and Mayoral candidate Mike Morden also weighed in with a statement of support: “Mayors in the Northeast sector have been working in collaboration from the outset. This approach proved of vital importance to achievements made working together for a safe, equitable and accessible public transit service for our region.”
All four Metro Vancouver mayoral candidates are seeking (re) election on October 15.