RJ Aquino, a COPE candidate for Vancouver city council, discusses his campaign, the issues, and more, with Joseph Planta.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.
RJ Aquino joins me now. He is a candidate for COPE, the Coalition of Progressive Electors in this Saturday’s election, 19 November 2011. I’ve long said I was voting for Mr. Aquino, even before I’ve ever talked to him or met him. Even now, we’ve never met. However, I think he brings a perspective to city council that will serve this town well. Even though much has been made of his Filipino heritage, that along with the fact he’s young, would make him a welcome addition to council, and in representing this city. I also believe, having read about him online and elsewhere, he comes to this race from a very sincere place, and for me, that’s just as important despite whatever policy differences I might have with him or his party. He is the co-founder of Tulayan, an organisation that builds bridges between the Filipino community here and abroad with other communities in Vancouver. He is on the executive of COPE, and serves on the board of Vancouver’s Asian Heritage Month. His Twitter handle is @ayoslang. The website is at www.rjaquino.ca. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, RJ Aquino; Good morning, Mr. Aquino.