Price Tags will post candidate’s statements – who they are, what they’ll do – for the upcoming civic election.  
 
I’m Christine Boyle, I’m a young parent, a community organizer and a United Church minister, born and raised on unceded Coast Salish land in Vancouver. I am seeking the OneCity Vancouver nomination for City Council.
This feels like a critical moment in Vancouver. This place we love is becoming more and more of a shiny, empty place. I’m running because I love this city, and because I think we’re running out of time to change the direction that Vancouver is headed.
I’m particularly passionate about tackling the deepening wealth gap here, about ensuring that homes are for housing people rather than profits, and about deepening community engagement and community-level planning to build a better city together.
This means having some pretty bold conversations about housing. Vancouver is a wealthy city with far too many people struggling. We need to figure out the right mix of progressive property taxes and a land-value capture tax that will diminish speculation and raise the revenue we need to preserve and build adequate social, coop, and affordable rental housing.
While all of that happens, we need to prioritize the needs of vulnerable communities, and protect existing affordable housing stock, strengthening tenancy protections, restricting short-term rentals, and much more.
Housing action is critical, and urgent. And it’s not going to be easy. Which is why I am equally passionate about rebuilding trust in government, to strengthen the social contract between those living in Vancouver and their locally elected leaders. This means inviting community groups and cultural groups into city hall, encouraging participation and shaping the future together. Ant it means putting more emphasis on community level planning, to be building and growing at a human scale.
It will require all of the tools we have, and advocacy for those we need from the Province, including cultural and residential land trusts, rental-only zoning and zoning for social housing and coops, stronger tenant protections, progressive property taxes to raise income for affordable housing, land lift tax to reduce speculation, deepened democratic participation, and more.
With a strong progressive City Council, with the contributions of community groups, social movements and working people, and with a provincial government that appears willing to work with the city, together we can change the direction Vancouver is headed. We can push back against the pressures of global capital, and bring about the inclusive, vibrant and affordable city we believe is possible.
A Vancouver for everyone.
 

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