Seniors listen to the City of Langley candidates’ closing statements. Miranda Fatur Langley Times

City candidates address seniors issues at round-table meeting

Voters voiced concerns about homelessness, affordable senior housing and poverty

Affordable housing, transportation and safety were were top of mind for seniors who attended the first of a pair of all-candidates meetings at the Langley Senior Resources Centre.

The Langley Seniors Community Action Table hosted the round-table discussion on Oct. 10 to address seniors’ questions prior to the municipal election on Oct. 20.

Approximately 90 people came out to the meeting for City of Langley candidates.

Groups of 10 people were seated around tables and were given a list of pre-written questions to discuss with the candidates.

During the question period, pairs of candidates visited each table for six minutes at a time to answer questions the seniors at each table chose to discuss.

For each question asked, candidates were given a 30-second time frame to answer.

Questions posed addressed issues surrounding affordable housing, poverty reduction, safety and security, transportation, health care, social inclusion and quality of life.

A question heard most often was ‘what will you do about homelessness in Langley?’

Another popular topic was possible solutions to provide seniors with more affordable housing.

Of the 19 candidates running, 17 were present. Candidates Randy Caine and Dave Allison were absent.

The Langley Seniors Resource Centre will also host an all-candidates meeting for Township of Langley candidates. It will take place on Friday, Oct. 12 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

More to follow.

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