The BC Green Party is looking for a reformation of the economic system utilized by local governments to assist them higher address issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Green Leader Sonia Furstenau says that B.C. has a “unique” likelihood to maintain a number of the changes brought by the pandemic and improve residents’ quality of life.
The Greens’ election platform points on livability and transit, released Saturday, call for the province to work more closely with local governments to create walkable neighbourhoods, explore the modernization of municipal revenue models and reform the local government finance system.
Local governments are too depending on property taxes to fund latest projects, Furstenau said.
The party is looking for a change in transit funding, as providers face a drop in revenue attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We cannot let these public assets fall behind or let our transit infrastructure be compromised by the pandemic,” Furstenau said.
She cited southern Vancouver Island as an area in need of an improved transit system to cope with a growing population.
When questioned a couple of cost, Furstenau said the opposite two foremost parties are making short-term guarantees aimed toward garnering votes as a substitute of long-term solutions to assist the province cope with the economic fallout of the pandemic.
Other platform guarantees include expanded provincial funding for projects resembling bike lanes, trails, parks, community spaces, and pedestrian-only streets.
The Greens announcement got here because the BC NDP and Liberals squared off over a proposed plan to construct a latest tower on the Richmond hospital.
The NDP also said Saturday that they might construct a latest school in Olympic Village if elected.