Langley Township mayor Jack Froese speaks with a concerned resident about the transit referendum at the Calvorth park-and-ride where Froese, along with City mayor Ted Schaffer and medical health officer Michelle Murti, spent Tuesday morning talking to transit users, promoting a ‘yes’ vote and handing out brochures in favour of a 0.5 per cent PST hike.

Mayors take ‘Yes’ campaign to Carvolth exchange

Ted Schaffer and Jack Froese spoke to commuters and handed out brochures at the north Langley bus exchange on Tuesday morning

Langley’s mayors hit the streets early Tuesday morning to promote voting ‘yes’ in the transit tax referendum.

Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese and Langley City Mayor Ted Schaffer spent the morning handing out ‘vote yes’ brochures to transit users and talking to them about the referendum at the Carvolth bus exchange.

“We’ve spoken to lots of people, some firmly on the ‘no’ side, but everyone had good questions and were willing to hear why the ‘yes’ side is the way to vote,” said Froese.

A Township resident came up to Froese to tell him he listened in on Monday night’s telephone town hall meeting (see separate story, page 3) but didn’t get to ask his question.

“I want to know how much the Township has spent promoting the yes side,” the man asked.

Froese reassured him that no tax dollars in Langley have been spent promoting any side. This is in sharp contrast to Vancouver and Surrey, where millions of dollars are being spent.

Fraser Health Authority medical health officer Michelle Murti was also there promoting the yes side. She said she believes in the health benefits of taking transit compared to driving.

“Transit users are 22 per cent less likely to be obese,” said Murti.

Ballots are being mailed out this week and have to be returned by May 29.

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