RICH­MOND MAYOR FOS­TERS CUL­TURAL HAR­MONY

In a pre­dom­i­nantly Asian city, Mal­colm Brodie finds the right ap­proach for keep­ing growth and pros­per­ity on track

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By NI­COLE CHOW in Van­cou­ver For China Daily

Mal­colm Brodie has been the Mayor of Rich­mond since 2001, mak­ing him tied for se­cond as the long­est stand­ing mayor in the city’s his­tory.

His se­cret? Since his first elec­tion, Brodie has stayed com­mit­ted to the com­mu­nity, which has re­sponded by hand­ing him six con­sec­u­tive terms.

Be­ing the mayor of a city whose pop­u­la­tion is pre­dom­i­nantly Chi­nese, Brodie has shown his open­ness to di­ver­sity and an abil­ity to cre­ate cul­tural har­mony. Rich­mond has gained a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a model for mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and a lead­ing force in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

In “our re­la­tion­ships with the Pa­cific Rim coun­tries where we reached out, I think we’ve en­hanced our in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and our in­ter­na­tional im­age,” he said.

Be­fore be­com­ing Rich­mond’s mayor, Brodie has been Rich­mond’s city coun­cil­lor since 1996 and a prac­tic­ing lawyer. He be­came a res­i­dent of Rich­mond in 1977 and grad­u­ated with a bach­e­lor’s in com­merce and law from the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia.

Brodie has been an ac­tive mem­ber in all stand­ing com­mit­tees of the Rich­mond City Coun­cil, a di­rec­tor of Metro Van­cou­ver, chair of the zero waste com­mit­tee and has been in­volved with the South Coast Bri­tish Columbia Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity (Tran­slink) since 2001.

Brodie is es­pe­cially in­volved in en­vi­ron­men­tal and sus­tain­abil­ity is­sues. In 2015, the city re­ceived the sus­tain­able com­mu­nity award from the Fed­er­a­tion of Cana­dian Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and the 2015 Cli­mate and En­ergy Ac­tion Award Honourable Men­tion for the Rich­mond Ice Cen­tre pro­ject.

Mayor Brodie has also re­ceived a com­mem­o­ra­tive medal for the 125th An­niver­sary of the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Canada in 1992, the Queen El­iz­a­beth II Golden Ju­bilee Medal in 2002.

Dur­ing the 2014 cam­paign, he said: “The city is ei­ther grow­ing in many dif­fer­ent ways or it’s go­ing on a down­hill slope. I be­lieve we have to con­tinue grow­ing and grow with qual­ity of life in mind... to be the most ap­peal­ing, liv­able and well­man­aged com­mu­nity in Canada.”

Over the last few years, Brodie has been in­volved in the con­tro­versy over the use of the English lan­guage on the mostly Chi­nese-lan­guage signs dis­played around Rich­mond. Groups have ex­pressed their con­cerns that the Chi­nese-only signs were not in­clu­sive.

Back in 2013 when the de­bate emerged, Brodie said “we wel­come peo­ple from all over the world to come live in Rich­mond and to set up their busi­nesses in Rich­mond.” Peo­ple should be free to ad­ver­tise to their tar­get au­di­ence. “With a pop­u­la­tion of half of our peo­ple or more

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