VANCOUVER B.C. – Today Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party, announced Bradley Shende (Vancouver-False Creek) as the party’s Spokesperson for income security and Deputy Spokesperson for housing and affordability.
Shende is a teacher, filmmaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He co-founded CRED: Conversations for Responsible Economic Development, a non-profit collection of business owners, academics, landowners and everyday Vancouverites who support responsible economic development.
“As a single dad of three kids, trying to run a tech business, I have experienced firsthand how difficult it is to afford to live in Vancouver, raise a family, find help with childcare, and still contribute to my community,” Shende said. “Between the high cost of living and the lack of affordable housing, I’ve watched too many talented people and families being forced to move away from Vancouver and pursue careers elsewhere. If we can't make life affordable here for a diverse array of people, then we have no chance of building resilient communities.
“Vancouver is an incredible city where I have spent the best years of my life. I am committed to ensuring that it remains livable and becomes more accessible – a place where people of all backgrounds can thrive, build their careers, and use their talents to shape the city's future."
“I am delighted to announce Bradley as our Spokesperson for income security and Deputy Spokesperson for housing and affordability,” said Weaver. “Bradley has been a consistent advocate for the importance of affordability to Vancouver’s continued growth and vitality. As an entrepreneur, he knows that in order for British Columbians to pursue their innovative ideas, they need to feel secure and supported. I look forward to working with him to build a province where all British Columbians can achieve their dreams.”
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