Kennedy Stewart: Andrew Scheer would be worse than Stephen Harper

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      Vancouver mayor Kennedy Stewart issued the following statement today:

      "Ahead of this year’s Federal Election, I invited all major federal leaders to Vancouver City Hall and to discuss the key issues facing Vancouver: housing, transit, and opioids. I started by meeting with Elizabeth May, then Prime Minister Trudeau, and finally Jagmeet Singh a few weeks ago.

      "On each of these main issues, all of these leaders expressed a willingness to work with Vancouver and a genuine desire to make things better. But despite repeated invitations and even conversations with key Conservatives, Andrew Scheer refused to meet.

      "And then I read his platform and it was shocking. I came away knowing one thing very clearly: Andrew Scheer would be worse than Stephen Harper.

      "On housing, expert analysis released just days ago shows that Andrew Scheer would move us backwards and make housing less affordable for Vancouver.

      "On transit, Andrew Scheer’s $18 billion cut to infrastructure would kill SkyTrain to UBC.

      "On opioids, Andrew Scheer would not only halt our progress on the overdose crisis—we would return to the days of fighting in court while more people die.

      "I want to be clear, not telling people who to vote for. But I do want to tell people in Vancouver that if you care about these top issues: and I know most people do—Andrew Scheer would be worse than Stephen Harper."

      Kennedy Stewart is the mayor of Vancouver, a former NDP MP, and is on leave as a professor of public policy at Simon Fraser University.