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Victoria byelection candidates weigh in on transportation questionnaire


Byelection candidates vying for a seat on Victoria council have offered their thoughts on sustainable transportation through an online questionnaire.

The questionnaire was created in partnership between six local organizations:

  • Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition
  • Transit Alliance of Greater Victoria
  • Greater Victoria Placemaking Network
  • Victoria Chapter of the British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association
  • Island Transformations Organization
  • Walk On, Victoria

As of 12 p.m. on Thursday, five candidates have supplied answers to the questionnaire: Hailey McLeod, Rob Duncan, Roshan Vickery, Sean Leitenberg, and Stefanie Hardman.

Topics focused mainly on alternatives to roadway transportation. Questions included if candidates supported completion of the AAA bicycle network by 2022, and if they support campaigning for a return of service on the E&N rail line.

Their in-depth responses to a total of 13 questions have been posted online on

Alexander Schmid, Riga Godron, Stephen Andrew and Bill Heflin have not yet responded.

A question on transportation during an all-candidates debate Tuesday night went unanswered due to time constraints.

Moderator Joe Perkins asked the candidates if they wanted to go over time and take the question, but only three candidates – Schmid, Duncan, and Heflin – voted in favour.

Tim Ford
Tim Ford
Digital staff writer with Victoria Buzz

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