Three questions for Parksville mayoral candidate Kirk Oates

Candidate for mayor

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

Yes, after much consideration, I do support the proposed facility. This issue received considerable attention and council was provided considerable input. We received hundreds of emails both for and against. Our council was also provided a huge volume of reference material and data from both sides of the debate. I read all the information provided to us and weighed very carefully all of the emails, facts and data provided. The research and the data and the emails all led me to the decision to support 222 Corfield.

I appreciate the divisiveness of this issue and I am empathetic to those who have expressed genuine fears.

Parksville is a beautiful place to live and anything that is perceived as threatening our city is understandably going to be met with opposition. Both sides must now come together and ensure that citizens continue to enjoy the quality of life we are so fortunate to have.

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

Parksville is a tourist destination that has long been viewed as mostly a retirement community. Cities such as ours where older people live and enjoy a high quality of life can be good places for any generation. Our social fabric is strengthened and a dynamic and vibrant community is ensured when we have a mix of all ages.

I believe the majority of services provided by the city are to the benefit of all age groups however where there are unique needs specific to an age group these should be given due consideration and appropriate support. I will continue to support initiatives that bridge the gap between generations. Spending taxpayer money wisely benefits all citizens. Our new water plant, the largest single infrastructure investment in the history of Parksville, and the purchase of our 97-acre wetland are perfect examples of this. Affordable housing and additional recreational opportunities could also fit into this category.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

The most obvious is that I am the only mayoral candidate that lives in Parksville, however my experience, commitment and understanding of all the issues also sets me apart.

I have been representing the people of Parksville as councillor and as a director on the RDN providing me with a first-hand understanding of the many issues we face as a city.

I know how boards work and the importance of listening and collaboration. I have learned that to accomplish tangible results the ability to bring together different perspectives is fundamentally necessary. I am skilled in conflict resolution, team building, mediation and negotiation. I have the necessary tools to lead a team and a city through the many challenges ahead.

I have been recognized as a leader and endorsed by the current mayor and two councillors as well as the director for Area G and the chair of the RDN.

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