ENDING THE REFERENDUM REQUIREMENT IN METRO

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The Mayors’ Council has released a “90-Day Action Plan for Metro Vancouver Transportation.” Among its five priorities requiring government decisions by the fall is this:

  • Eliminating the referendum requirement on Metro Vancouver transportation projects.

Price Tags wants to help!  The lesson of the last election should be clear: Don’t take Metro Vancouver for granted or disregard its needs.  Get behind solutions, don’t get in the way.  And the referendum requirement gets in the way.

Every MLA in the region, regardless of party, should now get behind getting rid of it.  So we’re going to ask every MLA in the region, regardless of party, exactly that.

This letter will be sent to them all, as well as the Green Party members on the Island:

Price Tags is a blog devoted to urban issues generally and Metro Vancouver in particular.

In the lead-up to the transportation referendum in 2015, we polled every Metro MLA.  The results are here.

We are now undertaking a poll to determine the position of each Metro MLA on the referendum requirement itself.

The Mayors’ Council has released a “90-Day Action Plan for Metro Vancouver Transportation” to all parties and all newly elected MLAs in the region.  Among its five priorities requiring government decisions by the fall is this:

  • Eliminating the referendum requirement on Metro Vancouver transportation projects.

We believe the referendum requirement is wasteful and an excuse for inaction.  It could prevent moving ahead on rapid transit, funding the Pattullo Bridge, and pursuing options for mobility pricing.

What is your position on removing the referendum requirement.

  • I support removing the referendum requirement and will vote to do so.
  • I support maintaining the referendum requirement.
  • I support an alternative, which I outline below.

The results will be published as we receive them.  We will follow up to ensure we have everyone’s reply.