Burnaby politician wants fed parties to clarify their platforms

The Metro Vancouver regional government wants to hear from federal political parties about their platforms on crucial topics.

Just not the People’s Party of Canada.

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The PPC was left off the list of parties Metro Vancouver contacted with questions about their platforms for affordable housing, climate change, environmental protection and sustainable funding for major infrastructure projects.

Questions have been sent to the Liberal Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party of Canada, the Conservative Party of Canada and the Green Party of Canada, with a response deadline of Sept. 20, 2019. Their answers will be posted on the Local Government Matters website in the weeks leading up to the federal election on Oct. 21.

“Metro Vancouver welcomes over 35,000 new residents each year and provides essential services to over half the population in B.C., and as a result, we’re experiencing significant challenges associated with population growth and the impacts of climate change,” said Sav Dhaliwal, a City of Burnaby councillor and board chair of Metro Vancouver. “We are encouraging all residents to visit Local Government Matters to find out where the federal parties stand on crucial issues affecting the livability of our region.”

While municipal governments own more than 60 per cent of the country's infrastructure, they receive just ten cents of every tax dollar paid in Canada, said a Metro Vancouver news release, adding that the remaining 90 cents goes to federal, provincial and territorial governments.

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