I’m running for re-election as Mayor on November 15, 2014. We’ve accomplished a tremendous amount in the past six years, but there remains some work underway that I truly want to see completed. As well, I've been encouraged by the incredible community support that has been demonstrated toward me. I’ve lived all my life here in Coquitlam, and I’ve never felt more optimism for the future of our community.
One of the main reasons I ran for Mayor in 2008 was that I wanted to break the 20-year logjam on the promised Evergreen Line to Coquitlam, a project that had come to be known as the “Nevergreen Line”. I felt that we needed a new approach, building consensus across the region while building support with senior levels of government, so we could finally see the line built. We achieved it, and our Skytrain line is now more than halfway built, on schedule for the 2016 Opening Day. There are still many details to be worked out as to how this important infrastructure will integrate with our community, and I’d like to see this project through to the Inaugural trip in about 20 months.
We’ve also worked hard to get approvals for our new Homeless Shelter at 3030 Gordon, and with provincial funding now in place, construction is finally starting for a 2015 Opening.
Learn more about the results Richard has achieved as Mayor.
One vital project near and dear to my heart is Riverview. Mental illness touches us all, and Riverview Hospital has a 100-year history of serving BC in mental health and wellness. Plus, the heritage value in this site and its buildings, along with its world-class arboretum, make it truly special. Working with the Province of BC, we’ve achieved a unique land use planning process to examine the future of this treasured site. A few months ago, Coquitlam advanced a widely-supported plan for the establishment of a Coquitlam Health Campus on the site, taking advantage of its regionally-central location and excellent transportation infrastructure, while preserving both heritage elements and the world-class arboretum and open spaces. The campus we envision would include both state-of-the-art mental health and addictions treatment for the entire region, and an acute care hospital to serve our community’s aging population (Coquitlam remains the largest city in the province without its own hospital). This is a bold vision, one that will require the building of alliances and support across the region and province. But it can be achieved, and consensus-building over the next year or two will be critical to the success of our vision.
We’re also benefiting from lower crime, improved traffic safety measures, expanded cycling infrastructure, economic development, technological innovation in municipal services, a wide range of new affordable housing choices, improved transportation, and strong environmental stewardship.
We’ve achieved a great deal in the past six years by working with our neighbours and other Metro communities, and with senior levels of government, building consensus and cooperation, and by using innovation and technology to benefit our residents. We’re building a new city for the coming generations.
I want to thank all those who have supported, advanced, and promoted this vision, and those who have expressed their support to me. There is much at stake as we look to keep Coquitlam moving forward. I invite you to join me in this vision for our community, a vision of a truly great place to live, work, learn and play.
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