British Columbia·CITY VOTES 2014

Meena Wong talks Vancouver housing, transit with CBC's Andrew Chang

Meena Wong will propose a $30 universal transit pass program and introduce a vacant property tax if she is elected mayor of Vancouver on November 15, she told CBC's Andrew Chang on Monday.

Interview part of a series of chats between Vancouver's leading mayoral candidates and CBC host

Vancouver mayoral candidate Meena Wong

7 years ago
Duration 6:15
The COPE party's Meena Wong discusses her ideas for affordable housing and transit in Vancouver with CBC's Andrew Chang 6:15

COPE's Meena Wong will propose a $30 per month universal transit pass program and introduce a vacant property tax if she is elected mayor of Vancouver on November 15, she told CBC's Andrew Chang on Monday.

The interview is part of a series of sit-down chats with leading mayoral candidates in Vancouver and Surrey in the lead up to the municipal elections.

On the issue of accessible transportation, Wong says the universal transit pass system will increase ridership by encouraging people who don't usually take buses and SkyTrains to try them out.

"I would love to have $30 [for] transit in my pocket so when I got downtown for a drink, go out for party, I don't have to worry about getting back home. Thirty dollars, you hop on transit and it will take you home," said Wong.

On the issue of affordable housing, Wong says she will propose a tax on property owners who do not live in or rent out their homes.

"We're going to do spot inspections and if you're caught, the fine will be heavy," said Wong.

Click on the video above to hear the full interview.

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