Breton Crellin: Your Candidate for Vancouver City Council
Breton Crellin was born in Vancouver, raised by a Gen-X renter and baby boomer homeowner, giving him empathy for a diverse range of perspectives. His parents are an Emily Carr trained artist and environmentalist, and a shipbuilder tuned professor of archaeology from SFU. When he was six, his parents a were forced to leave the city and move to BC’s interior, where it was more affordable. He learned young how hard such a move can be, because suddenly he had no extended family or support network nearby. Every few years, he visited Vancouver to see family, and also because his parents wanted him to get to know and love this beautiful city.
He did, so much that in 2008 he came back to make his own way as a young man. He landed in North Vancouver first, where his extended family was. He got to know the community and its people, and eventually met the woman he would later marry. After living for two years in a small basement suite with his future wife, he realised that they would need more room. He had to leave the community where he had begun to put down roots, because even with both of them working full time, they couldn’t afford the space they needed.
In the years that followed, they had to keep moving, which meant that they never got to stay in one place long enough to become part of a community again. One move at a time, they were pushed out to the edges of the city, first to Coquitlam, then to Port Coquitlam, and then finally to Pitt Meadows, where Breton and his wife live now. “We’d love to put down roots here, but when we start a family we’ll need a bigger place, and we fear that even the furthest edges of the city will be unaffordable by then.”
As a skilled tradesman, Breton Crellin found himself working on the front lines of Vancouver’s housing crisis. He’s worked in almost every neighborhood in Metro Vancouver, and has seen the kinds of homes that are being built. He’s had to build super homes and mansions on farmland, mini-mansions and luxury homes in the suburbs, and cookie-cutter condos and towers that are sold out before he could even scrape together a down payment. “These aren't the homes I want to build, or to live in.”
“I don't want to have to leave Metro Vancouver to start a family like most of my generation is, and like my parents did when I was a child, so I’m willing to fight for the city I've come to love. I want to fight for all the working class people that are realizing they may have to leave their communities if they want to start a family. I also want to fight for the seniors who have already had families, but are watching their children and grandchildren move away, or are themselves being priced out. I want to fight for all the people that feel they have no voice. If you're reading this, I want to fight for you.”
In Vancouver's construction industry, Breton Crellin worked alongside people from many different communities and many different walks of life and learned to collaborate with people even when he don’t see eye-to-eye with then, because he have a job to do, and couldn’t let personal and ideological differences get in the way of achieving common goals. Breton Crellin hopes to bring that kind of co-operation to City Hall, and to the whole of Vancouver. “More than anything, I want to bring to City Hall the one thing it currently lacks the most: understanding of the struggles of the working-class.”
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