"I'm tired of politicians who do nothing about the stuff we care most about."
I’m running as an independent for mayor of Vancouver on a platform of localization. We know what needs to be done, but our political system clearly isn’t getting us there fast enough. On October 15th 2022, vote for me to put a pragmatic visionary at the helm—someone who can rally across party lines and lead a rebuilding and expansion of our city’s key infrastructure: housing, food, transportation, energy & safety (social safety net/community safety/safe & climate-resilient infrastructure).
Since my last run as an independent for city council in 2018, I have put my name forward every year in order to meet our local leaders on the debate stage and build public support for the policies that we need in order to survive the coming century. I ran for MP in Richmond in 2019 and 2021 and for MLA in my home community of Fraserview in 2020.
Wherever I went I talked to people about policies like co-op housing, support for local artisans & small businesses, different public transportation options to serve all communities, zero-waste, circular, and doughnut economics, ensuring local supply of food and necessities… I spoke to people who are currently in power in the provincial and federal governments and called for policies that will:
keep our hard-earned money circulating through our local communities instead of being sucked up into the “jet stream” of global finance
give ecosystems an opportunity to restore themselves as we immediately cease expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure and do everything we can to minimize future destruction of life-sustaining habitats
build and improve upon our post-WW2 infrastructure at a similar scale to what was done then in order to ensure that it will be climate-resilient no matter what the next 100 years may bring
mend the terribly frayed knots in our social safety net by ensuring that schools, hospitals, and other community hubs have the resources they need to support the health and social needs of everyone
Most people I’ve met have similar concerns—housing, environment, inequality, health care, schools, social polarization... The problem is, our political system is built to keep our elected officials sword-fighting instead of working together on solutions to our common concerns. Not only that, but the opaque and unpredictable way that tax revenues are dispersed from higher levels of government means that once local leaders make a plan for public housing, transportation, schools, etc., they are left to beg and lobby for funding, wasting a huge amount of resources that would be better spent actually getting things built. We need the provincial and federal governments to commit to timely, predictable, and sufficient (based on Statistics Canada data) funds for key municipal and regional infrastructure.
We need a mayor who can recognize a good idea and run with it, regardless of whose idea it is; someone who (as an elementary-school teacher) has a proven track record of helping highly diverse groups come to consensus and unite in common cause; someone who has spent her life doing everything in her power to support others in her community. That person is me. On October 15th 2022, vote for an independent mayor with a megaphone. Vote Françoise Raunet for mayor of Vancouver.