NDP leader John Horgan the night of B.C.’s provincial election. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press)

Greater Victoria mayors ready for next four years

Local officials address their top priorities as John Horgan set to be sworn in as new premier.

The BC Liberals have controlled the province for the past 16 years, but during that time many Vancouver Island ridings have remained orange and committed to the NDP.

With leader John Horgan about to take over as premier of the province next week and elected to represent the riding of Langford-Juan de Fuca, we wanted to reach out to local mayors to get their thoughts and expectations for the greater Capital Region over the next four years.

Here is a sampling of what they had to say:

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps

  • Priorities: Increasing affordable housing, improving mental health and addictions services, creating a regional transportation commission, better child care, and finishing off the Belleville Terminal.
  • Quote: “Whatever the province can do to stimulate more workplace housing is critical to the economy of the city.”

Langford Mayor Stewart Young –

  • Priorities: Highway improvements, affordable housing supply, E&N rail corridor.
  • Quote: “What we’re looking for and working with John on, is highway improvements out to Sooke.”

Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins –

  • Priorities: E&N rail corridor, resource management, turning bio-solid waste into energy.
  • Quote: “We’ve got to get something happening between the West Shore and downtown. Esquimalt is smack in the middle of it and we get clogged up with traffic. That, for me, is the top priority of any government.”

View Royal Mayor David Screech –

  • Priorities: E&N rail corridor, affordable housing.
  • Quote: “I hope we’re going to see movement on the E&N as a transportation corridor and a train service between Langford and downtown. Right behind that is the desperate need to address the affordable housing crunch and rental shortage in the region.”

Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell –

  • Priorities: Sewage project, transportation, amalgamation.
  • Quote: “For the last 16 years the government has been in place, (and) to be frank, there hasn’t been much in the way of representation in the government from the local MLAs. The MLAs that we’ve elected haven’t made up the government, and I think the region has suffered for that.”

Sidney Mayor Steve Price –

  • Priorities: Affordable housing, critical infrastructure such as redevelopment of Beacon Wharf.
  • Quote: “I believe our new MLA, Adam Olsen, will work extremely hard in representing the needs of Saanich North and the Islands, and in particular Sidney.”

Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor –

  • Priorities: Interchange at Keating Cross Road, balancing the preservation of farmland with development.
  • Quote: “I would say that our priorities and approach won’t really change all that much.”

Highlands Mayor Ken Williams –

  • Priorities: Roadway infrastructure, bike lanes, controlling invasive species, and more police enforcement.
  • Quote: “Speeding motorcycles have always been a concern for us, especially along Millstream and Ross-Durrance roads.”


 

@ragnarhaagen
ragnar.haagen@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Watch for high winds today and tomorrow

A wind warning is in effect for Greater Victoria. According to Environment… Continue reading

Former five-term mayor endorses Murdoch’s mayoral bid

Causton endorses Murdoch’s 4-Pillar Platform; invites public to ‘meet the candidate’ event

Oak Bay Beach Hotel ranked in the top 10 hotels in Canada by TripAdvisor

Ranked tenth among top 25 hotels in Canada for 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards

Experts to capture and collar 20 female deer in Oak Bay starting this month

Does sedated, examined, collared and ear tagged in latest phase of deer management plan

Oak Bay spreads national pride program up Island

Register now for a flag on your lawn each long weekend this summer

WATCH: Oak Bay hosts inaugural Vancouver Island Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC

Local cops drag multi-media journalists out for a swim ahead of March 11 event

B.C. man brings dog to court as ‘best witness’

Man is defending himself on charges of uttering threats, possessing weapon for dangerous purposes

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Vancouver artist’s cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

Cartoon shows football coach, one of the victims, meeting others killed in school shootings

Trudeau family arrives in India for state visit

Seven-day visit includes meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Military seeks DNA experts to help ID missing war dead

Federal program recovers, identifies and arranges burials for Canada’s nearly 28,000 missing war dead

B.C. files new legal action against TransMountain pipeline

Province tries to uphold City of Burnaby bylaws, provoking Alberta

BCHL Today: Powell River stuns Vernon and BCHL grads lead Team Canada

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Reports of money laundering in B.C. real estate ‘troubling’: attorney general

News report alleges people connected to fentanyl trade are using B.C. real estate to launder money

Most Read