An Affordable Future.
What does it mean?
It means responsible government. Government that takes its core responsibilities seriously and aims to excel at them. Government that abides by its own policies without friend or favor. Government that is compassionate without creating dependency. Government that acts rather than defers or avoids. The key is understanding what roles local government is best suited for, and avoiding needless (and expensive) forays into areas better left to others, or outside of our jurisdiction. Government should not serve itself, it should serve its people.
Squamish does not, in my opinion, need a revolution. It is not broken. We have challenges we need to address, but they are nothing we cannot handle together. This community was handed to us by many generations who struggled with similar problems to today’s and made the decisions they thought were best for the future. We are their future, the beneficiaries of their investments, and it is our job to pass the torch to future generations so that they will inherit a Squamish that, in the words of the Pledge of Athenian Youth, is ‘not only not lesser, but greater, better and more beautiful’.
In terms of policies, I would prefer to avoid a specific wish list. Council is a team of seven members, of which, if elected, I would be only one. I have no control over the priorities or votes of the other six. What I can do is pledge to work as a team and persuade them towards causes I support. Broadly, I favour the following:
- Fiscal: Keeping taxes (esp. on business) as low as possible, reining in spending.
- Economy: Creating conditions that favour growth, limit unnecessary regulation. Rebuild our industrial base.
- Governance: Do the things local government does well. Avoid distractions. Avoid posturing. Encourage respectful and rational debate. Keep the public in the information loop.
- Housing: Work to create more affordable/non-market housing for working families.
- People: Protect our most vulnerable. Pay attention to seniors’ issues.
- Safety: Ensure the integrity of our dikes, roads and other safety systems.
- Environment: Enhance and protect the environment, recognizing some compromise is necessary to provide jobs for families.
We need to calm the tone of our political discourse. We need reasoned debate, rather than inflated rhetoric and insults. We do not need an entire Council of like thinkers but rather a diverse group representative of the whole. I hope to be part of that team for the next four years, and I hope you will vote for me on November 15.