portion of Richmond’s population that is of Chinese descent being of Chinese origin, you can’t be surprised to see some Chinese language.”
Statistics show that 70 percent of Richmond’s population consists of minorities, and 47 percent of the population is of Chinese decent.
After Brodie’s re-election in 2014, the signage controversy was finally put to rest last year.
“There will be no language bylaw that’s going to be invoked,” he said. To achieve cultural harmony, the city expects to modernize its bylaws by de-cluttering signage on windows and educating merchants on the importance of including English on their signs.
“I believe it’s just the start. It’s not the finish,” Brodie said, acknowledging that achieving cultural harmony on this issue will take hard work.
In his annual address on Feb 12, Brodie highlighted Richmond’s progress in 2015, as well as the city’s progress on the council’s 2015-2018 Term Goals.
Over the years, Brodie’s commitment to the city has earned him the title “Richmond’s Trusted Leader.” He has dedicated himself on issues such as community safety, quality of life, community improvements, the environment and the economy, to name a few.
His involvement with the Chinese community has been a priority since he was first elected, whether it is bringing mooncakes and lanterns to the Mid-Autumn Festivals or representing the interests of Chinese citizens.
He continues to reach out and show his support to Chinese residents. “My hope is that the year of the Monkey for all of you, your friends, your family, will be a time of great joy, happiness, great success, and good health,” he said.