Vancouver, B.C., June 26, 2016 – NPA City Councillors George Affleck and Melissa De Genova, joined by Councillor Elizabeth Ball, attended a rally today in support of Vancouver residents who gathered at Kits Beach to protest Vision Vancouver’s lack of consultation and wasteful infrastructure spending. In particular, speakers spoke out against the wasteful use of taxpayers’ dollars to further upgrade Point Grey Road, as well as the $3.5 million to be spent on fencing for the Burrard Bridge; a plan rammed through by the Vision majority on City Council without any consultation whatsoever with the community.
“Vision Vancouver has a track record of paying lip service to consultation in this city, and today’s rally shows that Vancouverites are sick of the ‘done deals’ at City Hall and are looking for a change,” said NPA City Councillor George Affleck. “The NPA has consistently fought for more openness at City Hall and has consistently stood up for the residents of Vancouver. My motion to re-examine the decision to put fencing on the Burrard Street Bridge and my motion calling on the Mayor to publicly disclose expenses from his ‘discretionary’ office expense fund are just two examples.”
“This community led rally shows that City Hall’s lack of consultation is not an Eastside or Westside issue – it is a city wide problem,” commented NPA City Councillor Melissa De Genova. “From Point Grey to Commercial Drive and most recently on Beatty Street at our Military Drill Hall, Vision Vancouver does not seem to care. Looking around at the rally today I saw community minded individuals who have had enough. They have become accidental activists due to Vision Vancouver’s lack of consultation and refusal to listen to the public. The millions of dollars being spent belongs to these residents and I’m disappointed Vision Vancouver did not even show up to hear their concerns.”
NPA City Councillors are calling on Vision Vancouver to start delivering on the commitment they made in the last election – to listen to all residents of Vancouver, to do better, and to reflect the priorities of Vancouverites and Vancouver neighbourhoods.