|A large and motivated audience in Burquitlam. (Photo by me)|
It was a well-attended affair: almost 200 were in the audience. All the mayoral and council candidates showed up except for Mr. Mandarino and Mr. Kopahi. A big thank-you to the organizers and volunteers who made the event such a big success. Here are the notes for my opening, one-minute speech:
I know that Burquitlam residents are worried about the rapid rate of change here – the densification and the arrival of the Evergreen Line.
Everyone at this table will tell you that they are concerned, too. But I’ve always believed that actions speak louder than words.
And that’s why I was one of only three council members who voted last summer AGAINST a plan to turn Como Lake Avenue-- from Mariner to Clarke -- into a full truck route for at least two months.
Our GM of engineering opposed it, and the public had not even been consulted on a move that would have steered more heavy-truck traffic into the very heart of Burquitlam.
Thankfully, after a public outcry, council finally listened to reason and voted unanimously stop the experiment in its tracks.
I can assure you that there will be MORE of this kind of independent-minded and principled decision-making if you return me to council for a second term. That's my promise, and you can count on it!