New Ward 12 councillor Moe Banga on Uber, LRT and LGBTQ rights

New Ward 12 councillor Moe Banga on Uber, LRT and LGBTQ rights

Results from our Ward 12 questionnaire 

Edmonton's newest city councillor is Moe Banga. He is the man who took the top spot in the big crowd that sprung up to replace outgoing city councillor Amarjeet Sohi in Ward 12 in Edmonton. Banga filled out our Ward 12 questionnaire. Here are his answers. 

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IF ELECTED AS A CITY COUNCILLOR, WOULD YOU COMMIT TO PARTICIPATING IN THE EDMONTON PRIDE PARADE?

Moe Banga: Yes, I already participate

MANY LGBTQ YOUTH EXPERIENCE HIGHER RATES OF VIOLENCE, BULLYING AND HOMELESSNESS THAN THEIR HETEROSEXUAL PEERS. WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM?

Moe Banga: I have and will continue to support resources that promote the fair treatment of all LGBTQ youth. I am happy to say that I believe education is making people aware of and encouraging people to make this type of discrimination totally wrong. My support will be to all agencies that provide support to these youth.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO WELCOME AND SUPPORT SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER MINORITIES IN EDMONTON?

Moe Banga: As alluded to in my previous response, I will support and promote any and all initiatives that encourage the same fair treatment for all people, notwithstanding their sexual orientation. Awareness and education are the best weapons to use when attacking this issue.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CITY OF EDMONTON'S RECENTLY PASSED VEHICLE-FOR-HIRE BYLAW?

Moe Banga: First, I was very disappointed the 3rd reading was not tabled as I suggested in correspondence to City Council. It was unfair such a critical decision was made without proper Council representation in Ward 12. In addition, the Bylaw did nothing for those people that make their living by operating taxi cabs. There may/may not be an arguement for additional transportation options, but those providing the options should be treated equally.

CURRENTLY IN ALBERTA ALL TAXI DRIVERS MUST HAVE A CLASS 4 LICENSE. UBER DOES NOT REQUIRE ITS DRIVERS TO HAVE A CLASS 4 LICENSE. SHOULD UBER DRIVERS HAVE A CLASS 4 LICENSE? 

Moe Banga: Yes

IF ELECTED, WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSIT FOR WARD 12 RESIDENTS?

Moe Banga: I will support and promote the construction of adequate parking and drop-off areas. The more user friendly we can make access to public transit should encourage more useage. I will also support the creation of efficient shuttle systems between ETS stations and parking facilities.

DO YOU SUPPORT THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE VALLEY LRT LINE THAT WILL CONNECT WARD 12 TO THE REST OF EDMONTON?

Moe Banga: Yes