I’m sorry I ever suggested that Victoria’s City Council was NDPish. Clearly their playbook is actually the federal Liberals: “run on the left and govern on the right”.
Council recently prioritized their work for the next three years. The top 6:
- Develop Budget Reduction Strategy
- Examine public transportation options
- Increase revenues
- Implement Enhanced Business Processes (Permits & Inspection, Land Development)
- Conduct Services and Organizational Review
- Implement Economic Development Strategy
Affordable housing isn’t explicitly mentioned, although #37 might involve that: “Update the Comprehensive Housing Strategy”. #38, “Develop and Implement Sustainability Action Plan”, #57, “Develop Sustainability Indicators”, and #93, “Develop Community Climate and Energy Resiliency Plan”, give you an idea of how important the environment is.
To be fair, the councillors that weren’t re-elected had more explicit green credentials and yet always sided with business when the chips fell. The new councillors have small business backgrounds and so perhaps we’re getting exactly what we voted for. But I thought downtown businesses were on-side with the idea that getting people off the streets would help their bottom line too?