After reading Vision Vancouver's election promise to consult, some voters may be hoping they kept the receipt
If you live in Vancouver and are concerned about the impacts of Mayor Robertson's HEAT shelter experiment, or are facing traffic gridlock due to the Burrard Bridge experiment, or you're worried about a new remand centre being dropped into your community...we think you might want to read the following excerpt from the Vision Vancouver campaign platform from last fall.
We'll provide no additional commentary as the words speak for themselves.
RESTORE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRUST, AND PUT CITIZENS BACK INTO THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS, GREGOR ROBERTSON AND THE VISION TEAM WILL:
* Establish a Civic Engagement Unit.
The City will re-assign existing staff from various city departments to:
– Lead and co-ordinate public consultation for major public initiatives, including Listening to Vancouver, an annual series of consultations and workshops where the public can share ideas, and guide our city government
– Help city departments run effective public meetings and meaningful consultation, and build stronger relationships with our communities.
– Provide recommendations to improve civic participation city-wide, including a strategy to increase the involvement of multi-cultural communities, refugees, and non-citizens in the democratic process.
– Provide outreach to communities that face language barriers to becoming informed and engaged.
When you buy something and want to return it, you better hope you kept the receipt. When it comes to people who voted for Vision Vancouver, there are probably many who wish they had kept the receipt.