NPA park commissioners defeated a motion that would have Vancouver Park Board look at buying Canadian made goods when purchasing supplies for parks, community centres, pools, ice rinks and other public facilities.
At last night’s Park Board meeting, COPE Commissioner Loretta Woodcock moved a motion to look at ways that the Park Board could implement a buy Canadian policy.
"I simply asked the Board to have staff review and report on opportunities to enhance the level of Canadian content in future purchases,” said Woodcock. “I wasn’t asking for decisions other than to explore this idea. I’m very disappointed that the NPA majority on the Board refused to consider this.”
Earlier this year the House of Commons passed an all-party motion calling for Canadian content levels for public transportation projects. MPs recognized that protecting Canadian jobs generates regional and national benefits.
“If the federal government recognizes that Canadian content is important in maintaining jobs, then why not civic governments such as the Vancouver Park Board?” asked Woodcock. “In light of the current economic crisis that will adversely impact businesses and working people, governments at all levels have an opportunity of establishing minimum buy-Canadian requirements when public funds are used.”
The Vancouver Park Board spends $25 million annually on equipment and supplies, and will spend up to $100 million over the next three years on public infrastructure projects.
Information: Dave Fields, COPE Communications, 604-722-4775