Occupation: commercial banker
Coquitlam resident for: 29 years
Campaign funding: friends, family, residents
Previous community service: youth lacrosse coach for boys and girls since 2003
Name the two most important issues facing the city of Coquitlam?
The current pace and quality of real estate development needs to better serve our residents and their families, instead of special interest groups.
If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Coquitlam?
Prioritize the construction of family units such as three-bedroom townhouses, row-houses, and condo units. Require big developers to supply more below-market rentals and housing options for seniors. Mandate big developers to market pre-sales of new real estate developments to local residents first.
What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?
Attract and retain more young families to our city by concentrating on both the demand and supply sides of the local real estate market. Retain and protect the existing character of our precious, community-oriented neighbourhoods and recreational facilities. Curb the trend of greater-than-inflation annual property tax increases.
How can Coquitlam attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?
Refocus our real estate development to prioritize families so more residents can live closer to work. Maintain a business tax rate that’s competitive with other local municipalities’ and reasonably cut outdated red-tape at city hall. Ensure the construction of new commercial space is no longer unreasonably deferred by big developers.