Al Grier. (Photo submitted)

Three questions for Parksville councillor candidate Al Greir

Candidate for councillor

Do you support the facility proposed for 222 Corfield? Why or why not?

No, not under the present guidelines. The problem with this entire issue, it was not presented properly. Everyone has compassion for all those needing help, but those with addictions, should not be mixed with clean living seniors or young families.

These are all complex issues. It is up to the feds and province to create rehab housing across this country for those with addiction. This problem is much larger than our mandate, at the city level. In the long run the cost will be enormous.

Then there is the Berwick issue across the street for 250 seniors and daycare. This development is worth hundreds of millions to the city, and will not happen if this housing goes ahead. We must all work together for a more positive outcome. We still have time to do the right thing. Let’s not make this election over one issue.

How will you balance the needs of seniors and those of younger residents?

The first thing we must do is listen to both young and old. This is not a difficult balancing act. Young people are asking for more sport facilities and youth activities. Young married couples and seniors are looking for affordable housing. A new swimming pool is an issue, if build could support both young and old. There is nothing wrong in purchasing property for modular homes. These are well constructed and at affordable price. Planning is the key, we need a council with vision and determination to move ahead and make the best decisions for the people of Parksville. When preparing our budget, we must be financially savy.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

The first thing is, I listen to people and have a track record of getting things done. I have been successful in business for 40 years. I understand budgets and finance. I have been a community leader over most of my life. I have been past President of Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, minor hockey and ball. Have been involved in some large projects, as fund raising for a new arena. I saved the Old School House in Qualicum Beach from demolition. Taught three years a night school class at Camosun College, Victoria, part of their communication degree. Started “Life Without Fear”, a youth program here in Parksville for street kids. Brought the first “Habitat For Humanity” House to Parksville. Have served on council four terms.

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