Community Safety Plan


Greater trust, more housing options and the best economy in the country won’t matter if we don’t feel safe on our streets.
 
We need to work together to prevent dangerous and harmful crimes in our communities. Recent shootings, violent altercations, and other public crimes have put innocent people at risk and threatened peoples’ sense of safety. Tent cities have increased conflict with vulnerable people and raised everyone’s concerns.

We need to invest in targeted resources to tackle organized crime, to address chaos on our streets, and improve the effectiveness of our security forces.

As a young adult, Michael Lee volunteered with at-risk youth in his Vancouver Chinatown neighbourhood. Getting to know the needs and concerns of vulnerable young people helped shape his dedication to community service. Michael also learned that early intervention, which includes understanding intercultural contexts, is key to providing alternatives to gang life via positive mentorship.

That is only one aspect of dealing with organized crime. We also need greater coordination between prosecutors and police, and integrated policing services across BC. The goal is putting away criminals, so we need to break down the silos and work together. Michael Lee’s government will collaborate with the federal government and municipalities to better allocate increased resources to improve our response to gang activity, gun violence and the drug trade.

As an MLA, Michael has worked closely with seniors’ groups in his riding and has heard their fears about public safety, made worse by the pandemic. He has spoken to parents who worry about the impacts of encampments near their kids’ schools and playgrounds. There can be no tolerance for endangering innocent people.

Addiction and other mental health issues should be dealt with by medical professionals wherever possible. We ask too much of our police and bylaw officers when they are sent to support people in serious mental distress. We need more multidisciplinary programs like Car 40 in Kamloops, Car 60 in Prince George, Car 67 in Surrey, and Car 87 in Vancouver, which partner health and social care workers with law enforcement.

From a public policy standpoint, we need a significant shift in priorities around public safety. Under Michael Lee’s leadership, BC will see:
    ▪    Increased resources for law enforcement
    ▪    Focused attention on gang violence and gun crime
    ▪    Early intervention programs so kids aren’t drawn into gang life
    ▪    Better coordination between law enforcement and prosecutors
    ▪    Addiction and mental health treated like the health issues they are
    ▪    BC will advocate for border security and more port resources to target drug smuggling

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About Michael

Michael Lee is a BC Liberal Party leadership candidate and the MLA for Vancouver-Langara. Before entering politics, Michael was a prominent business lawyer in Vancouver, where he worked for 20 years with forestry, mining, energy, and technology companies across BC. He also has a strong record of community service for over 30 years, including with social service, educational, and children and youth organizations. A son of immigrants, Michael was born and raised in Vancouver. He and his wife Christina have three young adult children.

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300-3665 Kingsway
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