Do you support the facility proposed for 222 Corfield? Why or why not?
222 Corfield is an example of ineffective leadership creating a very distinct and unfortunate split in our community. The mayor was unable to conduct a proper public hearing and completely destroyed the democratic process. As a result, this limited the exchange of information from both sides, leaving the council unable to make an informed decision. That is completely contrary to the purpose of holding a public meeting in the rezoning process.
Should the rezoning issue come back to council after the next election and if the people of Parksville elect me as their mayor, I will recuse myself from the vote because I own the adjacent property. This leaves me unable to talk about the rezoning application. I will say to each and every councillor that they have the moral obligation to enter into this discussion with an open mind and give all comments their due consideration.
How will you balance the needs of seniors and those of younger residents?
Old and young alike want many of the same things. They want a safe environment for themselves and their families, they want taxes being held to a minimum and they want the city to provide good services and infrastructure.
The major difference is that there is an element of the senior population that would like our community to stay the way it was and the younger citizens want job opportunities and more youth oriented infrastructure.
I will convene a Mayor’s Task Force from a cross section of our population. You as the citizens will establish a vision for our community taking into consideration the demands from young and old.
That vision will be the basis for our plan for the next four years. I am a firm believer that that mayor and council represent the residents and it is the residents that should develop the vision of the community they want in the future.
What sets you apart from the other candidates?
It is my belief that I can help the City of Parksville, I have proven leadership abilities both in private industry and as a previous mayor of Parksville.
I proved during my term as mayor that I could bring a significantly varied council together to work as a team. We had our differences but when the meeting was over we all were able to say that we had our say.
I have the ability to make the hard decisions for the right reasons not political ones. But, I also want to hear what the residents have to say. I will always listen, I don’t guarantee that I will always do exactly what you want, but you have every right to be heard.
I love this city of ours and I strongly believe in its potential. I can bring Parksville a lot closer to achieving its destiny, as being the pride of Vancouver Island.