Vision Vancouver argues its platform is "fully costed"

Vancouver municipal election 2011: NPA spending plans are reckless and candidates divided, Robertson argues.

Vancouver municipal election 2011: Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vision Vancouver released what they were billing as a "full party platform" Monday, arguing that "in contrast to the NPA's runaway spending promises (such as an unfunded $200 million streetcar which Anton previously opposed), the Vision Vancouver platform is a fully-costed plan to move forward on Vancouver's true priorities."

“Vancouver can't afford to roll the dice on the divided NPA or its inexperienced rookie candidates,” said a press release quoting Robertson. “The choice in this election is between letting the NPA recklessly take us back to the days of division and mismanagement at City Hall, or voting for a strong Vision Vancouver team with a responsible plan to move Vancouver forward.”

The release went on to argue that "the NPA's candidates are divided amongst each other, leaving Suzanne Anton and selected fellow candidates off their fliers, and regularly contradicting each other on major policy positions such as a downtown mega-casino, bike lanes, the viaducts, laneway housing, and policing. The NPA platform's reckless promises amount to over $400 million in unfunded new city spending.

“The NPA can't agree on a coherent direction for this city, and Vancouver simply can't afford the NPA's desperate, runaway spending promises,” the release quoted Vision council candidate Raymond Louie as saying.

“Promises like Suzanne Anton's $200 million streetcar demonstrate the clear danger involved in going back to the days of wild NPA mismanagement, when we saw an unnecessary three-month strike and poor decisions on the Olympic Village that placed enormous financial risk on city taxpayers.” 

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