Local governments are the order of government closest to Canadian’s daily lives. Some of the services they provide are public transit, police and fire services, snow removal, libraries, traffic management, recreation centres and garbage collection. In addition to these basic services there is an ever expanding range of more socially related considerations including housing, homelessness, mental health, poverty reduction, and drug addiction.
These services are provided by local municipal employees but it is the local municipal councils that set policy and put policies and procedures in place to ensure services are efficiently provided.
As with any business, governments operate within a budget. It is the responsibility of municipal councils to ensure that services are not only efficiently provided but within budget and at an affordable rate. In the City of Oshawa, recent councils have struggled and to a large extent failed to provide mandated services to residents at an affordable rate. I believe it is time to elect Councillors with a different philosophy on how to manage a city. A far more imaginative and creative strategy is needed to restrain operating expenses and equally importantly to increase operating revenues. I believe I am one of the candidates in this election who has the ability to bring a new approach with more positive results including property tax stabilization, increased employment, and a better image for the city.
My biography and platform are on the following pages.