Candidate Survey Results

Candidate running for Councillor


1

 

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

Answer

I think it is critical to support the revitalization of the downtown core since I consider it to be the heart of the city. Looking at other cities, it is obvious to me that having a strong financial and professional services sector located downtown provides an anchor that combines well with a vibrant arts and cultural sector. This attracts other businesses and ensures the vitality of all.


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

No comment.


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

Agree

Comment

I support funding this council, since I believe what they are proposing is to enhance communication between the City and the community as well as promoting awareness of sustainable environmental practices. In my view, this is not an issue that should be politicized, but should simply be a part of our ongoing practices.


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

It's complicated

Comment

While I personally support the idea of curbside recycling, this is not something I would vote in favour of until I was completely comfortable with the costs involved.


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

While I am not familiar with the details of these incentives, I support the idea in principal, provided as always that the cost to the taxpayer is reasonable


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

Hydraulic fracturing is a normal part of the drilling process. Having said that, I oppose drilling within the city limits. I make that position with the full understanding that this is a provincially regulated matter, but I believe the City has to take a stand on this subject.


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

Support P3s

Comment

No comment.


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

All government services must be provided in a cost effective manner. Not all services need to be provided by City of Lethbridge employees - many can be handled well by private enterprise. Attention must be paid to the costs involved.


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

Somewhat disagree

Comment

As a City Councillor, my job is to ensure good value for the taxpayer's dollar. While I encourage people to support local enterprises, I am required to be fiscally prudent.


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

The role of a City Councillor is to advocate on behalf of the citizens of the municipality. My first and foremost responsibility is to find solutions when faced with decisions made by other levels of government. My job would be to facilitate ongoing dialogue between the City and other levels of government.


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

A small user fee helps to defray the costs of providing services, while avoiding downloading the entire cost upon the taxpayer. A full user fee would make many recreational opportunities unaffordable to many people.


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

Strongly disagree

Comment

This is a discussion that needs to be held between the federal and provincial governments. We need to keep in mind the actual role of Municipal Government.


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

Building infrastructure and facilities to meet current needs in order to keep taxes low

Comment

No comment.


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

Crossings Ice Complex

Comment

No comment.


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 support completing this as finances are available


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 would build additional facilities as we can afford it.


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

This is a serious matter that the City cannot solve on its own. There is an urgent need for the federal, provincial and civic governments to work with First Nations groups to find a resolution to this ongoing situation. As a City Councillor I would be committed to the City's involvement and support of community and social development programs that would positively impact this very important segment of our population. It is unacceptable to me that any person cannot find the help they require.


18

 

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

Answer

Yesr


19

 

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

Answer

Yes


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

Yes

Comment

I totally support the City's current commitment to inclusion by way of their involvement with CMARD, however I would need to know what additional specific initiatives are being proposed before I could support additional funding.


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 support the existing policy of ensuring that new and substantially renovated buildings are brought up to acceptable accessibility standards, however I recognize that it's not always economically feasible to require existing buildings to meet modern requirements.


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, Frequent and accessible public transportation, Affordable and plentiful family recreational and leisure opportunities, A third bridge to the West, Vibrant downtown

Comment

No comment.



Candidate Details

I am putting my name forward as a candidate in this upcoming civic election because I believe that I have a broad skill set and a wealth of experience in governance. I am a team-builder with strong leadership skills and a desire to affect policy in a positive way. And I am running because I am people-focused. To me, serving on City Council means serving the people and putting their needs first.

In my vision for Lethbridge, people will feel that this is where they want to be to raise their families, start their businesses and spend their lives in a safe and progressive city. I want this to be a city where people want to stay when they come to visit. I want this to be a place where our elderly are cared for, our families are supported, our youth is celebrated and New Canadians are welcomed. They will be able to see that businesses thrive and that economic growth and development is flourishing. I have a very positive vision of where this city will be by 2050 and I hope that the people of Lethbridge will share in that vision.