My Record.com Survey Response
Lived here: 33 years
About the candidate: My family has made this community our home for over 30 years and I am proud to have served as a city councillor. Growing up I attended Smithson and St. Daniel elementary schools, the former St. Jerome’s High School and Wilfrid Laurier University. I have worked in both the private and public sectors and own my own small business. I have been involved in numerous community organizations both in my role as a councillor and as a citizen.
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Three issues I feel strongly about: i) Economic Development — continued focus on new sectors like health sciences and digital media while engaging in stronger efforts in losses from traditional manufacturing sector. This must be done by working in partnership with CTT, business, labour and other governments.
ii) Sustainable Development — Future growth must strike a balance between managing traditional greenfield development and encouraging urban intensification. This requires working with the development community, educating the public and implementing appropriate planning policies. This also requires a focus on issues like parks and trails, bikeways and transit.
iii) Fiscal management — continued investments in infrastructure while ensuring we maintain our position among lowest taxed urban centres in Ontario.
Do you have, or have you ever had a criminal record? No
Will you vote yes or no in the referendum on opening merger talks between the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo? Yes, I will be voting in favour of the referendum question. I believe it is important to always have open lines of communication and to investigate opportunities that could save tax dollars, make government more efficient and/or improve the quality of life in this community for our residents. Regardless of my personal views, I will support the decision of Kitchener residents in regard to potential merger talk if it comes before council.