We asked all of the candidates seeking office on Nov. 15 to answer two questions:
1. If elected, what is your number one
priority? 2. What separates you from the other
candidates? We asked them to provide answers to each question in 50 words or less.
Today: Qualicum Beach council candidates
1. Work with residents, community groups, business, council and staff to prepare a quality of life survey — send survey to all residents and business owners of Qualicum Beach for their responses — plan community meetings and from this information an official community plan will be prepared.
2. I believe in planned and managed growth vs. “development or bust.” I like the cooperative approach vs. confrontational approach. I bring experience — worked cooperatively with the mayor and council as a councillor for nine years — deep understanding of future challenges — planning, finances, water, environmental protection.
1. The taxpayers of Qualicum Beach continue to carry the full tax burden of supporting the local airport as well as Oceanside Hospice. I would like to see regional support for these services, as well as investigating the sensibleness of a regional water system.
2. My positive attitude, full-time commitment and open mindedness to listen and act in the best long term interests of the community. My passion for Qualicum Beach is not unique, but I believe I walk the walk, not just talk the talk, demonstrated in 22 years as resident and six years as your councillor.
1. New development is an important concern of most people and needs to be enveloped in an ongoing, proper, consensus seeking decision making process to set the community members’ minds at ease. A process including citizens’ committees, respecting the OCP and not being directed by the loudest lobby/special interest group.
2. For 18 years my life has revolved around municipal, provincial and federal politics. I’ve learned about the issues and heard individuals’ concerns. I’ve analyzed the decisions made by all government levels and have had strong opinions on how the leaders could have been more socially and environmentally responsible and just.
My first priority is to get council back on track, reinstituting meaningful consultation with the people we represent — all the people, not just one special interest group.
2. My respect for the OCP only sets me apart from four of the candidates. Otherwise, my 25 years of experience covering councils, school boards and regional districts sets me apart. Oh, and genetics.
1. My first priority is to work with the rest of the elected team to take care of the unfinished business and begin moving forward into the future. I am keen to learn the responsibilities of councillor so I can do the job that voters elected me to do.
2. I am new to politics and I believe this allows me to bring a new unbiased attitude to council. I represent no special interests or bloc. My only concern is the betterment of our unique community. Change is coming and I want to be part of its implementation.
1. My number one budgetary priority would be Public Safety and maintaining our existing infrastructure. Public Safety should be any Councils number one priority but quite often maintaining what we already have loses ground to new and exciting projects. Failing infrastructure can easily cripple a small communities financial position.
2. My experience on council and actions that have demonstrated I am willing to tackle the difficult decisions faced by council and deal with them in a proactive manner. I believe in teamwork, collaboration, and support majority decisions.
1. My first priority will be to thank my support team, and the citizens who have placed their trust in me for the next four years. Then, I will remove my signs.
2. I am hoping that nothing will separate me from the other candidates who have also been elected to serve the citizens of Qualicum Beach. I will treat the mayor, and my fellow councillors, with courtesy and respect and hope they reciprocate.
1. Ensuring citizens’ values and expectations are being heard and honoured, by: respecting citizen driven decision-making and the OCP; re-establishing citizen committees (e.g. parks and recreation, environment/sustainability, traffic & transportation); and promoting community engagement and wellness. I will work collaboratively with council, staff, organizations and citizens.
2. I bring a different demographic and voice to the council table. As our son is in Grade 2, I’m in touch with families and their needs. I bring a fresh perspective enhanced by my own history with Qualicum Beach that goes back nearly 50 years.
1. I would hope that council as a team would begin the discussions on our strategic plan and the working plans that need to accompany them. I will focus on providing my thoughts on a wide variety of related issues to those goals, to insure the community has a balanced approach for all concerned.
2. Twenty-five years living in Qualicum Beach with my wife Jayne, and raising three children here is important. My membership and community involvement in a wide variety of organizations from Rotary, the Legion and Bard to Broadway have allowed me to understand and embrace all the elements that make QB so special.