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Ian Campbell: As mayor of Vancouver, I would triple the empty-homes tax and speed up permits for new housing

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By Ian Campbell

My name is Ian Campbell and I’m the Vision Vancouver candidate for mayor. I grew up in both my Musqueam and Squamish communities, which Vancouver is situated on.

I’m a father of three kids and have an MBA from SFU. For the past 20 years, I’ve been the lead negotiator with the Squamish First Nation, working with the City of Vancouver, province of B.C., and federal governments on everything from the 2010 Olympic Games, environmental protection, to new housing, and services to support people in our community.

All of that taught me important skills for running a city. But the big question is the one on everyone's mind "what are you going to do about housing in Vancouver?"

Housing is an intensely personal issue for me in more than one way. As a father with three children and a partner, I know how hard it is to find an apartment big enough for our family. I have family members living in the Downtown Eastside. I’ve worked with businesses that struggled to keep their employees because of the cost of housing.

There are certain values I have when it comes to housing. First and foremost, I have always believed that housing should be treated as a right, not a commodity. It’s a core principle in First Nations’ communities. As long as housing can easily be bought and sold as an investment for people anywhere in the world, we will never be able to........

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