Candidate Survey Results

Candidate running for Councillor


1

 

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

Answer

I feel the BRZ and The City need to work together to renovate, enhance and improve many areas of our downtown. This process should be on going.


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

There are a number of various human activities that contribute to global warming and climate change.


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

As a potential city councillor I have not had the opportunity to review the grant proposal.


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

The City should seriously consider all alternatives to improve our present recycling system.


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

No

Comment

There are provincial and federal government programs which provide these incentives. These programs do not attract everyone because of affordability. The City should foster an environmentally friendly city. Tax revenue should be used to improve essential services and culture.


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 feel the city has made the correct decision regarding this issue.


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

I feel that a fiscally responsible business explores all alternatives based on level of service, cost and reliability. The sector or sectors who can operate within the required guidelines and budget should be considered.


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

Yes

Comment

In some situations the public services can best be provided by the private sector, such as the management of our city pools and the street sweep program.


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

Strongly disagree

Comment

A fiscally responsible municipality should ensure value for the taxes collected. Supporting local businesses who in turn support other local business is very important as long as the costs are competitive.


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

It is unfortunate when closures and reductions occur. The city's role is to lobby the provincial and federal government to consider Lethbridge as a location for supplying other services to replace the loss.


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

It is important for an individual in a community to be engaged whether in sports, arts etc. Many of these facilities require user fees to cover only a portion of their expense to operate. Sectors of the community are unable to benefit from these facilities and services when they are on a limited income. Our community becomes stronger when individuals belong to the community.


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

It is the responsibility of the Federal Government to legislate the income tax act to provide strategies for retirement. As per the Municipal Government Act; a cities responsibility is to provide services, facilities or other things that, in the opinion of council, are necessary or desirable for all or part of the municipality, and to develop and maintain safe and viable communities.


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

The cost of infrastructure increases over time as the the need for facilities with increased population.


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

Presently the city has dated facilities which require renovations or replacement. An ice complex in conjunction with a leisure center is a drawing feature of many communities for its residents and visitors. All three projects require renovations or new facilities.


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

A project which is started should be completed or at least modified to ensure completion. When council waits to complete a project is causes a cost increase.


16

 

Play Local question:
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

The city has not been fiscally responsible. The inability to provide value for our tax dollars and investment losses have caused less available funds for projects.


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

I would examine what essential needs are required, who is presently providing the services, determine where the funding is presently provided and then work with all parties to discuss alternatives/options.


18

 

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

Answer

No


19

 

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

Answer

No


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

As a potential city councillor I am not aware of the present amount of funding the city provides to this program. I believe there is no place for racism and discrimination under any circumstances. I believe it is everyone responsibility to work together to ensure the behaviour is not tolerated.


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

Yes

Comment

Every citizen deserves the right of access to all public facilities.


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

Other (please explain in comment box below), Frequent and accessible public transportation, Affordable and plentiful family recreational and leisure opportunities, Vibrant downtown, Residential waste reduction

Comment

Lower taxes, residential and business through fiscal responsibility.



Candidate Details

Mark Leeb has been a resident of Lethbridge since 1984 and has been involved with a number of local organizations such as the Royal Canadian Legion, Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, and the Home Builders' Association.