Candidate Survey Results

Candidate running for Councillor


1

 

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

Answer

I’m proud of the great successes in our downtown. The downtown is the strongest it has been in the past two decades. This is due to the increased confidence and investment of our downtown merchants and the Heart of Our City Committee. Council must stay the course in assisting our downtown through its various initiatives.


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

It's complicated

Comment

I want to look at this issue with an open mind, with a willingness to entertain the funding based on measureable criteria.


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

Obviously this is an important issue to the community, which also includes a cost to operate. The City needs to determine a cost that is acceptable to the citizens within the community in order to implement.


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

No comment.


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

Full Ban

Comment

No comment.


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 Opinion

Comment

I would like to have a greater understanding of the P3 model before I can make an educated decision.


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

No

Comment

No comment.


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

No comment.


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 concerning to see such drastic cutbacks. As a municipal government, we must advocate for these organizations. In doing so shows both our support and appreciation of the services that they offer.


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

No comment.


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

Somewhat agree

Comment

No comment.


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

Local government must look forward and plan for the future. By doing this now, you create savings by taking the inflation factor out and you give future councils a good base to build on.


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

The community has said it loud and clear that a leisure centre is needed.


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 100% commitment to having the fieldhouse portion completed.


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

We need to make sure we have more than adequate facilities, the City needs to be visionary when looking at recreational facilities, an example is the Leisure Centre. Projects like this have to be made into a reality. The community has said loud and clear "this is a top priority".


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

We need to ensure that our community is inclusive. In doing so, it will eliminate barriers and create full equality.


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

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

Yes

Comment

No comment.


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

Any buildings that are owned by the City of Lethbridge must be barrier free and accessible to all citizens.


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

Affordable and plentiful family recreational and leisure opportunities, Vibrant downtown, Low residential taxes, Other (please explain in comment box below)

Comment

-Balanced residential and commercial growth in the north, west and south areas of the City. -Continuation of the integrated trail system.



Candidate Details

Ryan Parker was born in Taber in 1975 and moved to Lethbridge shortly after. Ryan attended High School at the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute and was the MVP for the LCI rugby team. His post secondary education started at Lethbridge College which involved a Diploma in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Ryan was first elected to City Council in 1998 and over the years has represented the City on various boards, committees and commissions. Ryan was the youngest known Alderman to take seat on the City of Lethbridge Council and currently he is the youngest, yet longest serving Member of Council.

During his time on Council, Ryan has been a successful entrepreneur. He started his own publication called “Prairie Wheels”, under his company Parker Publishing Inc. His business grew quickly and was bought out by Canada's leading publishing company "Black Press Group" of Vancouver B.C..

Ryan's main hobbies are golf, squash, and of course playing with his two young children.

Ryan is married to his high school sweetheart Mandi and they are blessed with two sons, Gage (7) and Owen (4).