Vancouver Couple Shares Why They’re Voting Yes

March 12, 2015

METRO VANCOUVER – In a new video launched today, a young Vancouver couple shares why they’re planning to vote Yes in the transit plebiscite. View the videos on YouTube and Facebook.

Chris, a youth worker who commutes to Port Coquitlam by car but is also a cyclist and motorcyclist, says he’s voting Yes because of the time he’s wasting on his stressful commute each day: “I’m spending 850 hours a year commuting at this point.”

Chris’ spouse, Candace, commutes by transit to Burnaby and also feels strongly about the need to improve our transit and transportation systems. “You’re saving maybe a whole day of stress as a result of shortened commute times. That just adds to overall happiness and well-being,” she added.

The video is the second in a series co-produced by the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Local 378 (MoveUP), the B.C. division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE BC) and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 134 (ATU 134).

“Chris and Candace have it right: when you’re stuck in your car or waiting on a platform while full SkyTrains pass you by you’re not just wasting time; you’re building up stress that can impact your entire day,” said CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro.

“Their story shows how a Yes vote in this plebiscite is something that’s good for everyone. It’s about saving time on your commute, whether you’re a driver, a transit user or a cyclist,” agreed MoveUP Secretary-Treasurer Lori Mayhew.

“There are so many people like Chris and Candace in our region and they’re counting on us to vote Yes in this plebiscite, to help cut congestion on the roads and get them access to more frequent transit closer to their homes,” said ATU President Geoff Devlin.



Media Contacts:

Sage Aaron, MoveUP | 604-317-6153

Clay Suddaby, CUPE BC | 604-313-1138