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April 3, 2017

Vancouver-Fairview BC Liberal Candidate Wants Constituents’ Voices Heard

Vancouver, BC – The BC Liberal Party candidate for Vancouver-Fairview, Gabe Garfinkel, will introduce a community engagement program – Vancouver-Fairview Speaks – to improve local representation in Victoria if he is elected on May 9 when British Columbians go to the polls.

“As I have been meeting with neighbours and sharing my vision for our community, the most common question I get is: ‘Who is my MLA?’” Garfinkel says.  “That is shocking to me.  We need an MLA who is visible and engaged, who is in tune with our dynamic community and will fight for our interests. We haven’t had that kind of presence or representation over the past four years.

“If I’m elected to represent our community, Vancouver-Fairview will go from invisible representation to an active and responsive MLA.”

Garfinkel will implement Vancouver-Fairview Speaks, a four point community engagement program that includes:

  1. Weekend and evening constituency office hours to provide more accessible times for residents to connect with their MLA. With today’s economy and large employment in healthcare and film, Vancouver-Fairview residents have been asking for more flexibility and an equal opportunity to have their voices heard.
  2. Online consultation and feedback founded on a strong platform of digital media using regular video reports and online surveys to quickly take the community pulse and connect with Vancouver-Fairview’s tech-savvy community.
  3. Regular community and small business roundtables to seek input on the many issues of interest to residents and small business owners, from housing affordability to supporting Vancouver-Fairview’s small businesses, tech, film, and health sciences sectors.
  4. Quarterly MLA progress reports to provide even more accountability to constituents – an opportunity to ensure Fairview’s MLA is working hard and community concerns are being represented in Victoria.

“Between now and election day, I will be out in the community meeting with people and listening to their concerns,” Garfinkel says.  “And if I earn their votes and am elected, I will be a tireless advocate for residents and businesses in the riding, and will work hard to deliver on the issues that matter the most to people, such as affordable housing, quality health care, and excellent education for our children.”

Born and raised in Vancouver-Fairview, Garfinkel has been an active member of the community his entire life. Since helping his grandmother save the trees along Cambie Heritage Boulevard, he has been passionate about representing the members of his community.  From volunteering with organizations like the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs’ Local Partnership Council to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, he has proven he has the energy, passion, ideas and desire to address the issues that matter to the riding’s residents.

By BC Liberal Team