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Vision's new platform promises more police, child care

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Vision Vancouver‘s election platform, released today, promises to add new officers to the city’s police force, 500 new child care spaces, and maintain the current moratorium on gambling expansion.

The platform, called “Safe, Livable Neighbourhoods”, emphasises more funding for services to help families and senior citizens, and making community recreational programs more accessible.

Mayor Gregor Robertson says if given a majority on council the city’s next budget will include up to $5 million in new funding to hire new police officers.

“We have coped with intense pressure on the city budget and managed to increase the Vancouver Police Department’s budget every year,” he says. “We have expanded our Four Pillars [Drug Strategy], and now have the city’s first ever comprehensive strategy on mental health and addictions.”

Robertson wants funds to go toward increased emergency services, upgrades to fire departments, and says more citizen volunteers would be phased in over several years.

He says Vision’s investment in childcare has been triple what rival mayoral candidate Suzanne Anton and the Non-Partisan Association invested during their term in office, and that in the last three years Vision has created over 450 new child care spaces.

The mayor also promises more festivals, continuing support of farmers’ markets and sports, and an expansion of its “wildly successful” street food program, with 17 new carts per year over the next three years.

In addition, he wants to create a new public square downtown.