As a Basic Principle:
“Residents should be unburdened by excessive taxes and able to freely pursue a life and lifestyle fitting of their preferences without the City interfering, to the extent that others are not harmed or inconvenienced.”
On North Side Pride:
Jon is the only candidate who is championing the north side. Everything he does follows the concept of “Ward 3 first, north side second, and the rest of Edmonton third.”
On Traffic Safety at Schools:
“Speed is generally not the concern; driver frustration is the problem, as it leads to unsafe maneuvers. We need to fix the causes of frustration and safety will follow.”
To see my full thoughts on this important topic, click here.
On Property Taxes:
“All efforts should be made to keep taxes low. I would like to buck the trend of annual increases. If we manage our money and priorities better, we won’t have to burden property owners which will, in turn, make the purchasing a house more affordable for those currently renting. As an end goal, I would like to increase property ownership in Ward 3, as this is the best way to invest in our community.”
“Edmonton Police should focus on crime control and making our streets safe. I would like to give the EPS the tools they require to fight crime.”
On Supporting Seniors:
“Seniors have unique challenges, the City should be mindful of this and make special accommodations where possible. The City should provide incentives for volunteers to help with snow shoveling, grass cutting, and other chores that seniors have difficulty with.”
On City Communications:
“All City of Edmonton public documents should be proofread prior to being made public with an aim to reducing wordiness, jargon, and bad grammar in order to increase clarity, usability, and comprehension by normal Edmontonians. The City should always put a professional foot forward.”
On Military Relations:
“I will push for giving former Canadian Armed Forces members a preferred status if applying for a job with the City of Edmonton. These are the cases in which a member has left the military but chose to remain in Edmonton. Sometimes it is hard for them to get their first civilian job, and so I think we could extend a helping hand and recognize their qualifications.”
To see my three point plan to honour veterans, click here.
On Community Pride:
“Communities should decide their own future, at the Community League level, rather than receiving dictation from City Hall.”
“We need to be proud of our community and make efforts to celebrate heritage and create ‘placemaking’. Therefore I support the renaming of 97 Street, north of the Yellowhead, to a name that we can collectively agree upon, in order to build a sense of place and support the businesses that have invested there.”
I have suggested that the name could be ‘Canadian Forces Trail’.
On Oil and Gas:
“I’m proud of the role that the oil and gas industry has had in shaping modern Alberta and our advanced quality of life. Thank you to all of these hardworking people for your world-class approach to responsible resource extraction.”