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My Goals

As Councillor of Ward 3, here are some issues that I will focus my attention on:

It is time to bring some fiscal reality, sanity and practicality back to City Hall.  Calgary taxpayers deserve a break from high spending elected officials. An example of this is wasting $2.3 million on an unenforceable law. (lowering the speed limit to 40 Km in residential areas) We need to focus more time and attention on Economic Development “focus on helping our existing businesses stay afloat along with attracting new businesses, and less time trying to justify decisions”  If people have jobs, businesses and families can survive and our economy will once again flourish.

  • Focus more attention on Economic Development “focus on attracting businesses, and less time trying to justify decisions”  If people have jobs, businesses and families can survive, our economy will once again flourish.
    • Before we begin to give tax breaks and offer any other kind of benefit to new or existing businesses, we need to get our house in order.
    • Remove red tape in the planning department and make it easy to do business with the city
  • Perform an entire compensation review of council and administration.
    • There are many people out there that have lost everything. I will move to creating a hiring and wage freeze.
  • Implement term limits on Councillors and the Mayor.
    • Two terms max
  • Create tax reform, by controlled spending and stop building slush funds.
    • Taxes are a by-product of misguided priorities and overspending
  • Address the assessment system imbalances,
    • This is a bit more challenging, as the philosophy on how we assess a property on what it is as opposed to what it could be is in question
  • Conduct an organizational review including a cost and operational audit of all departments (financial & operational).
    • I want to know how the system tics, so I can make better decisions
  • Putting fluoride back into the drinking water will be decided by you the tax payers.
  • Accountability to the electorate by having less in camera meetings.
    • Answer the phone and respond to emails in a timely manner.
  • We need to address the rising costs of fees and services from garbage to our ENMAX fees and services.
    • As ENMAX is a city owned asset, the new mayor needs to put council representation back on the ENMAX board as its check and balances.
    • Sell generation component of ENMAX and take that money and pay down some debit and reduce user fees to gain control of the cities debit and interest payment thus making it more affordable for people and businesses to function and live.
  • One of the difficulties ward 3 is having, is an ever changing boarders and a NE/NW boundary recognition, with the NE using our numbers to prop up justification for there own ward. I would propose that we change the NW/NE boundaries to Deerfoot. Meaning Deerfoot would be the split from NE to NW, giving us our numbers back.
  • I will personally take a $5,000 pay cut to show true leadership and will work with other members of council to do the same.
  • Introduce a motion to address and work with other levels of government to address crime and more importantly our youth (young offenders act) that will see stiffer sentences for serious crimes as a deterrent to what exists today. The objective is to give the police and the courts some meat to address criminal activity.

City politicians can save taxpayers an enormous amount of time and money when they focus on the job they area elected to do, roads, sewers, garbage and basic community services. What is happening now is politicians telling everyone else or level of government how to do their job. It is time for elected officials to stay in their own lane and focus their attention on the people that pay the bills “Tax Payers”.

Campaigns and elections are interesting events. People stand up and talk a lot about fluffy things, like we need to talk more, or study the situation better, or I will do this and when they get elected they do the exact opposite. Worst of all they get elected and absorbed into the system because they do not have the proper skill set or experience behind them to do the the job. Ward 3 has seen this in the past. This happens because candidates spend so much time campaigning to get elected and spend an enormous amount of money make things smell like roses instead of campaigning to do the job. So they talk in circles and rarely give an answer. This is a very important election because the majority of council has lost focus and no longer listens to their constituents. I will quote a present Councillor saying you elected me to make those tough decisions. This is the type of top down attitude that has got us here in the first place. Politicians are suppose to represent the people. We need an ideological change. People are suppose to get elected to represent their constituents. You do this by listening to the communities you represent. This is bottom up leadership.

My style is one of collaborative leadership. Once elected I will perform a communication campaign in Ward 3 like Ward 3 has never seen before. I want to know everyone’s opinion, even non supporters, as it takes an entire community to create productive and lasting change.

While knocking on over 18,000 doors to date, there are many points of concern that I have heard. We need change is a big one, except people are now saying we need to change the philosophy as the present system is broken and a new face with the same ideology will not create the required change. Another conversation I am hearing from residents is to elect a representative that actually listens, who has the ability to decipher information and stand with their constituents. One who brings with them actual experience, leadership and budgeting background who can hit the ground running and instantly contribute. I am that person. Right now there is a lot of showmanship going on by people looking for the notoriety of being elected. I am a work horse who understands the job at hand and brings with me a skill set of compassion, action while creating results. The #1 point here is we need to change the culture of city hall.

My full campaign platform will be posted as we get closer to election day.