More people means thriving businesses, an increased tax base, as well as making Vancouver False Creek area a safer place to live
Erik Gretland, a candidate for BC’s Conservatives, spoke out today on the escalating deterioration of neighbourhoods in the Vancouver–False Creek area, and the increase in the homeless population.
“I am dismayed to see a systemic problem being duplicated day after day”, said Gretland.
“Many beautiful areas in our city are facing dire issues with homelessness, as well as safety – both for residents and those who are finding the only place they have to live are city street, alleyways, tents, and the overhangs of businesses.”
BC’s Conservatives committed to being a voice to unite and align all levels of government (municipal, provincial and federal) in providing treatment, education, and proper care and living facilities for the homeless.
Said Gretland, “If we can respectfully support our homeless, our neighbourhoods will be cleaner, safer and will inspire a sense of pride for not only Vancouver-False Creek, but other neighbourhoods and communities facing the same problems.”
Yesterday Conservative leader Trevor Bolin stated* that, “No one is missing the fact there is a lack of treatment options and facilities in this province, to help those that so desperately need support.”
BC’s Conservatives are calling for a provincial commitment to partnering and empowering municipal governments, and local health and mental health organizations, to come up with homegrown solutions.
“I have been watching the actions of MLA’s for all of the current parties represented in the BC legislature”, said Gretland, “And really don’t see much positive action.”
“I want to see our streets cleaned up so that we can attract more people to come to Vancouver. More people means thriving businesses, an increased tax base, as well as making Vancouver False Creek area a safer place to live”, commented Gretland who has run his own business in the lower mainland for over 30 years.
“Safety is a top priority for me with regards to keeping the streets cleaner without needles being constantly littered in public areas, increased crime and violence and human waste being left in our public parks”, concluded the Vancouver-False Creek Conservative candidate.
*We must treat the very real underlying problems of those dying from a poisoned drug supply, and because of mental health and addictions issues