On Monday, Public Eye was the first to tell you the New Democrat's provincial council resolved to "oppose the Campbell government's 'Gateway Program'." But some of the party's constituency associations would have preferred a more nuanced position. In advance of the same council meeting, Surrey-Newton introduced a resolution that would seen the party "support the building of rapid transit and the twinning of the Port Mann Bridge, in such a manner as to encourage the preservation of farm lands and the promotion of high density residential land use." And another resolution, sponsored by Surrey-Whalley and Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, called on the New Democrats to "not oppose the twinning of the Port Mann Bridge." But those two resolutions never made it to the floor because the council decided to oppose Gateway. The following is a complete copy of both resolutions.
TWINNING THE PORT MANN BRIDGE
Submitted by: Surrey Whalley; Port
Coquitlam Burke Mountain
Date: August 24, 2007
WHEREAS a sustainable transportation and use plan for the lower mainland is required for the future orderly and environmentally sound growth of the region and;
WHEREAS the BC NDP publicly supported many of the elements of the current Gateway plan in the 2005 campaign including the south Fraser perimeter road, the north Fraser perimeter road , and the Pitt river bridge among others
WHEREAS many people in the suburbs of the lower mainland are frustrated by relentless traffic congestion and therefore support solutions to reduce congestion and;
WHEREAS a significant increase in the development of the public transit network in the northeast sector and south of the Fraser is required to make public transit a desirable choice for many citizens and;
WHEREAS personal safety on Skytrain and buses is a concern for both transit user and bus drivers;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the BC NDP support an expanded, safe and affordable public transit system serving all parts of the region, and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the BC NDP not oppose the twinning of the Port Mann Bridge.
Submitted by: Surrey Newton
Date: August 24, 2007
WHERE AS: an effective Transportation Plan requires the ability to move people and goods in an efficient and timely manner and is crucial to the long term needs of the public and British Columbia's economy; and
WHERE AS: both rapid transit and a comprehensive network of roads and bridges are crucial to an effective transportation plan; and
WHERE AS: effective land use regulations such as high density development and the protection of ALR lands go hand in hand with transportation planning;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the BC NDP support the building of rapid transit and the twinning of the Port Mann Bridge, in such a manner as to encourage the preservation of farm lands and the promotion of high density residential land use.