NPA’S Ken Sim un­veils plan to bring trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity back to City Hall

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Van­cou­ver: Ken Sim and the NPA team have re­leased Bring­ing Trans­parency and Ac­count­abil­ity back to City Hall, a plan to re­store trust and faith in City ser­vices and the lo­cal elec­toral process. The plan calls for a re­turn to trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity at City Hall by end­ing se­crecy, sep­a­rat­ing pol­i­tics from the pub­lic ser­vice, cre­at­ing a lob­by­ist registry, and im­prov­ing pro­tec­tion for whistle­blow­ers.

“We will em­power City staff to do their jobs with­out po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence so they can in­no­vate and de­velop cre­ative so­lu­tions to Van­cou­ver’s chal­lenges,” says Sim. “We’re also go­ing to re­view City poli­cies and pro­grams in­tro­duced in the past 10 years to eval­u­ate whether they are mak­ing Van­cou­ver more live­able and af­ford­able.”

The plan also calls for five im­me­di­ate steps to re­spect tax­pay­ers:

1. A full and in­de­pen­dent re­view of City fi­nances. 2. A re­view of City poli­cies and pro­grams in­tro­duced in the past 10 years to eval­u­ate whether they are mak­ing Van­cou­ver more live­able and af­ford­able.

3. Tar­get in­creases in mu­nic­i­pal taxes to no more than the rate of in­fla­tion. 4. Re­store Van­cou­ver’s long-term fis­cal sta­bil­ity with a plan to re­duce debt.

5. A multi-par­ti­san “Team Van­cou­ver,” made up of all the MPS and MLAS, across all par­ties, to work to­gether so that Van­cou­ver can se­cure our fair share of in­vest­ment and sup­port from other lev­els of gov­ern­ment. Fi­nally, the plan ad­dresses the is­sue that has been most press­ing so far in this elec­tion – the in­flu­ence of anony­mous ad­ver­tis­ing and se­cre­tive funds on our po­lit­i­cal process. Ken Sim and the NPA Team will com­mis­sion an in­de­pen­dent, third party re­view of the cur­rent elec­tion fi­nance and ad­ver­tis­ing rules, and also cre­ate a Pri­vacy and In­for­ma­tion Task­force, to en­sure that per­sonal pri­vacy is pro­tected through­out the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion process.

Ken Sim

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