Candidate Survey Results

Candidate running for Councillor


1

 

Downtown Lethbridge Business Revitilization Zone:
What is your position on Revitalization of downtown Lethbridge?

Answer

Revitalization of downtown has been on the city agenda for years. As a businessman, I have owned various businesses that operated in the downtown core and I have some unique ideas and perspectives that I would like to bring to council.


2

 

Greensence/SAGE/KLEW:
Human activities are contributing to global warming and climate change. Please choose from:
Agree
Disagree
It's complicated

Answer

Agree

Comment

As a city councillor, I would work to ensure that the city is environmentally responsible.


3

 

Greensence/SAGE/KLEW:
The Environment Lethbridge Council have requested a seed grant of $120,000/year from City Council. Would you support the City providing seed money for the Environment Lethbridge Council? Please choose:
Agree
Disagree
It's complicated

Answer

It's complicated

Comment

I would need to see the supporting documentation on this request prior to making an educated decision.


4

 

Greensence/SAGE/KLEW:
Do you support expanding the City's waste management plan to include curbside recycling? Please choose
Agree
Disagree
It's complicated

Answer

Agree

Comment

I have had the opportunity to visit the Sylvan Lake area and further discuss in detail costs and feasibility of their curbside recycling program. As a councillor, I would like to see future implementation of a similar program in our city.


5

 

Greensence/SAGE/KLEW:
Some cities, like Medicine Hat offer incentives to utility consumers to improve their homes and reduce utility use. Are you in favour of implementing a similar incentive program in Lethbridge to encourage residents, businesses, and the City itself to reduce their carbon footprint? Please choose:
Yes
No

Answer

Yes

Comment

Any way we as citizens can reduce the carbon footprint is important. We should always be finding ways to make our city a "greener" city.


6

 

Greensence/SAGE/KLEW:
In 2012, Lethbridge City Council adopted a non-binding resolution opposing the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in drilling for oil and gas within municipal limits. Would you actively seek to enforce this resolution? Please choose:
Full Ban
Non binding resolution
No position
Support fracking

Answer

Non Binding Resolution

Comment

I believe that fracking contributes to air and water pollution resulting in health and environmental consequences for the community. Health and Safety of the citizens should a #1 priority for the city.


7

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council:
What is your position on Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) and the function they serve in the future growth of the City of Lethbridge? Please choose:
Oppose P3s
No opinion
Support P3s

Answer

No answer

Comment

City Council should investigate the pros and cons of P3s. As a citizen in Lethbridge, I would want a solution that would keep my taxes low.


8

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council:
Is the contracting out of public services necessary to the operations of the City of Lethbridge? Please choose:
Yes
No
Unsure

Answer

Unsure

Comment

There are some contractors that provide a needed service to the city and if these services are done in the most cost effective and efficient manner, they should be continued.


9

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council:
Buy-local or Made-in-Canada purchasing policies should be supported even if they result in higher costs. Please choose:
Strongly disagree
Somewhat disagree
Neither agree nor disagree
Somewhat agree
Strongly agree

Answer

Neither agree nor disagree

Comment

Our taxes are high enough. I do not want to be a councillor that raises taxes.


10

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council:
Closure of Federal Government service offices and reductions in Provincial funding to post-secondary education have implications to the community of Lethbridge in terms of service loss and job loss. What is your position on these closures and reductions and, as a municipal leader, what should the City’s role be when the decisions of other levels of government affect citizens of Lethbridge?

Answer

I respect the roll that each level of government has. As a councillor I would work with provincial and federal levels to ensure that the citizens of Lethbridge are treated fairly.


11

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council:
Most of our public services and facilities have a user fee but the City subsidizes the cost of the facility or service. What is your position on the subsidization of public services and facilities? Please choose from:
Users should not pay at all so that everyone can access the service.
Small user fees should be charged but I would consider waiving them for low income people, students, and seniors.
A user fee should be charged to all users.
The City should not be subsidizing someone’s hobbies or recreation.

Answer

Small user fees should be charged but I would consider waiving them for low income people, students, and seniors.

Comment

In regards to my answer, finding that balance is very difficult. I believe that every citizen should be able to access city services and facilities. If low income, students and seniors are unable to do so, we need to find a way to provide this service to them.


12

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council:
The City of Lethbridge should endorse an expanded Canada Pension Plan strategy and implement a Living Wage policy.Please choose from:
Strongly disagree.
Somewhat disagree
Neither agree nor disagree
Somewhat agree
Strongly agree

Answer

Neither agree nor disagree

Comment

Every employee should be paid fairly for the work and service they provide.


13

 

Play Local:
Which of these approaches do you favour and explain why you favour this approach in the comment section.Please select:
Building infrastructure and facilities to meet current needs in order to keep taxes low
Investing additional funds to accommodate future growth

Answer

Investing additional funds to accommodate future growth

Comment

By investing in our future, the infrastructure will be there for future development, thus lowering the costs of future growth.


14

 

Play Local:
These three projects may come up in the next community improvement plan process:
  • Performing Arts Centre
  • Developing the Exhibition Park
  • Completion of the final phase of the Crossings Ice Complex.
  • If you could only fund one of these projects which would you choose? Please explain your choice in the comment section.

Answer

No answer

Comment

It is my understanding that the decision regarding the Crossings Ice Complex is already completed. With input from taxpayers, I would work to develop a plan for the Exhibition Park and Performing Arts Centre.


15

 

Play Local:
During the last phase of the 2013 CIP, only the aquatic portion of the leisure centre was approved. What would be your commitment to having the final phase (the fieldhouse portion of the centre) completed?

Answer

I would be committed to working on this final phase, as long as the budget is in place for the development.


16

 

Play Local:
The Recreation and Culture Master Plan report commissioned by the City of Lethbridge found that Lethbridge has inadequate recreation facilities. Why do you think that this situation developed and what would you do to rectify this?

Answer

I have always been an advocate for a healthy city. I have visited various complexes in other cities and I strongly believe that Lethbridge is not keeping pace with it's growing population in respect to family facilities.


17

 

Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Society:
Many Lethbridge residents with First Nations' Status face considerable difficulty when accessing services in the City of Lethbridge. As Status holders, they are referred to support on reserve. On reserve, they are referred to services in the city as they are residents of Lethbridge. As an elected official, how would you propose to remediate these gaps in service and accessibility issues?

Answer

Each and every citizen of Lethbridge should be treated with the same respect. If you are a resident of Lethbridge, you should have equal and fair access to city services.


18

 

Group:
On council, would you actively support the following?
Ward system for electing councillors? Please choose:
Yes
No
Unsure

Answer

Unsure


19

 

Group:
On council, would you actively support the following?
Councillor become a full-time position? Please choose:
Yes
No
Unsure

Answer

Unsure


20

 

Group:
The City of Lethbridge is a signatory to the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination. In addition to this, do you support the allocation of additional financial resources to create local initiatives that foster the city's commitment to inclusion? In the comment box please elaborate on your answer. Please choose:
Yes
No
Unsure

Answer

Unsure

Comment

Each and every citizen should be treated with the same respect. Regarding additional financial resources, funding should be looked at as the need arises.


21

 

Group:
Do you support a bylaw that ensures all buildings serving the public (existing, renovated and new) are physically accessible? Please elaborate on your answer in the comment section. Please choose:
Yes
No
Unsure

Answer

It's complicated

Comment

I do support making our city accessible and every new project should be physically accessible. As far as existing buildings, I would hope that owners take an initiative to make their businesses accessible.


22

 

Group:
The following are some of the issues you may be asked to address on City Council. Please choose no more than your top 5 priorities.
  • Affordable and plentiful family recreational and leisure opportunities
  • Bikeable city
  • Frequent and accessible public transportation
  • Vibrant downtown
  • Available low-income housing
  • Community gardens
  • Residential waste reduction
  • Reduced administration costs at City Hall
  • Promotion of Lethbridge as a “City of Choice” for skilled workers
  • Low residential taxes
  • Reduced business licensing costs
  • No Herbicide city policy
  • Municipal Food policy
  • City operated curbside recycling
  • A third bridge to the West
  • Airport enhancement
  • Other (please explain in comment box below)

Answer

Low residential taxes, Affordable and plentiful family recreational and leisure opportunities, Vibrant downtown, Residential waste reduction, Promotion of Lethbridge as a “City of Choice” for skilled workers

Comment

With the input I have received during this campaign, I would be happy to work with the taxpayers on solving these issues.



Candidate Details

Blaine’s family is his number one priority. His lovely wife, Jennifer, works as a Registered Nurse at the local hospital and his two daughters, Jayden and Jelayna, both attend LCI High School. Blaine has owned and operated various businesses in Lethbridge. He currently is the owner of Copy Express – a local design, copy and print shop. Blaine studied business law and accounting at Lethbridge Community College. He has volunteered in various capacities with the following organizations: School Parent Councils, The Lethbridge Figure Skating Club, The Lethbridge Volleyball Association and currently volunteers with The Lethbridge Oldtimers Sports Association and a local Seniors Centre. As a youth, Blaine was heavily involved with Scouts Canada. As a proud parent and successful local business owner, Blaine loves Lethbridge and wants to see it become the best place it can be for his family, while being a great place to do business.