During elections different organizations and news media outlets put our surveys to the candidates in the civic elections. The Coquitlam Now asked for responses to their survey earlier this week. The newspaper will be publishing the answers over the coming weeks but I thought I would put my responses here on my website.
Keep in mind that answers are limited to 50 words so in an effort to be brief some detail may be lacking. If you have questions or comments, please let me know.
Civic Election Questions Candidate name
Contact information (home, office, cellphone #s)
(604) 418-9177 – email@example.com – www.Dave.ca
Managed campaigns for a number of candidates including Port Coquitlam City Councillor Greg Moore and Coquitlam City Councillor Richard Stewart.
How many times run for office?
This is my first time.
2003 to 2006 – Port Coquitlam Official Community Plan (OCP) Task Force
2003 to present – Terry Fox Hometown Run Organizer
2004 to present – National Wrestling Alliance, Director
2006 to present – Tri-Cities Crystal Meth Task Group
2006 to present – Tri-Cities Homelessness Task Group
2006 to present – Live @ Leigh Square event producer
2006 to present – Youth Matters! Director
2008 to present – Wear Pink Anti-Bullying Day Communications Director and co-founder
Port Coquitlam questions
Will you lobby the provincial government to change the Community Charter to create recall provisions for politicians who have a criminal record? Why or why not?
Inappropriate, incompetent and/or illegal behaviour while in office should be a trigger for the public to fire their local politicians. Waiting until the next election for change is not always good for the community. Such legislation should be in line with the current recall rules of our Provincial government.
Is redevelopment the answer to cleaning up crime (ie. Crack shacks) in downtown Port Coquitlam? Why or why not?
A small part, yes. Also need landowners to be vigilant as to how their homes are being used by tenants; hire additional police and bylaw officers to ensure quality of life is high; and clean up graffiti, litter, etc. which devalues our communities and are precursors to higher crime.
Aside from a permanent shelter, what other ideas do you bring to the table to address homelessness?
Work with entire MVRD and tackle problem regionally while using Toronto’s “Streets to Homes” as a guide. Council needs to relax zoning for basement, granny and lane suites along with programs administered by churches (mat programs, food banks, etc.). Lobby government to develop part of Riverview lands for this issue.
Again, I would enjoy hearing your comments or answering your questions – firstname.lastname@example.org.