The Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Taipei mayoral candidate Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday made public his “green policy paper,” pledging to build at least 10 leafy boulevards if elected.
Su denied the policy had anything to do with the upcoming Taipei International Flora Expo, which has been dogged by allegations of overpriced greenery and exhibition items.
Su said that when he was Taipei County commissioner, he planted 8 million trees and did the same when he was Pingtung County commissioner.
He proposed 10 strategies to make the capital greener, prettier and healthier, including constructing leafy boulevards, planning mid and long-term green infrastructure and constructing more “green corridors” connecting the city’s parks and MRT stations.
Su urged voters to let him win the Taipei mayoral election to counter the speculation that he was not committed to the November poll and was using the mayoral race as a springboard for a possible candidacy in the 2012 presidential election.
“Rumors stop at a wise man [meaning wise men don’t repeat rumors],” he said. “Let’s stop the rumor with my victory.”
Su said he believed Taipei citizens could see clearly that he was putting his heart and soul into the mayoral campaign and hoped they would give him a chance to serve them. If elected, Su said, he would finish the four-year term and do a good job.
“Let’s work together and realize our dreams,” he said. “Let’s bring glory and pride back to the city. Let Taipei surpass Taipei.”