We live in one of the biggest cities in the world and it is in crisis. The city is in the throes of a poisonous drug crisis, a homelessness crisis, a public safety crisis, an affordability and housing crisis, a climate crisis, a small business crisis and a global pandemic . All of this is faced as our political class succumbs to the crisis of our time – partisanship.
Most of us, the citizens of Vancouver, have been stuck at home, doing our best to support and protect our families in the face of it all. We have been confronted with the division of politics in times of crisis: bikes against cars, renters against owners, housed versus homeless.
We are fed up with it. We demand a better city.
Today we are launching Vancouver’s newest political movement. A better city is a home for all those who believe in the potential of our world-class city, who are tired of little supporters who derail important conversations, and believe that if we do the job, together we will have a city worthy of celebrating at new.
Our founding members are drawn from across the city, representing a diverse group of ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, economic backgrounds and political views. Our doors are open and we welcome all who are ready to roll up their sleeves and get down to work to build a better city.
Our values are at the heart of our movement, and we hope that they find an echo with our friends, our neighbors and our fellow citizens:
- Boldness in the face of our city’s problems
- Responsibility in our actions and our way of leading
- Sustainability in planning for the growth and future of our city
- Inclusiveness in welcoming and celebrating everyone
- Service at the service of our community
We plan to live up to and live by these values, and encourage their growth in every part of our movement. We are committed to doing politics in a new way.
We will stagger our leadership appointments: a mayoral appointment in October 2021, followed by a six-month appointment process to the board, park council, and school board ending in March 2022.
We will support a broad city-wide policy consultation with interest groups representing social, educational and business interests to ensure that we have done the necessary work to reach consensus on the policy and process prior to bringing forward the case before voters in October 2022.
We will carry out our work in accordance with the principles of reconciliation with the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) on whose unceded territory we live, work and play.
The job ahead will not be easy, but we believe the people of Vancouver expect better and we aim to build a better city together, for everyone.
If we do what we set out to do, we will build a vibrant, resilient and growing city that we can all be proud of.
We invite you to join our movement: volunteer, donate and subscribe today on our website, A.Best.City.