Occupation: semi-retired businessman
Port Moody resident for: 30 years
Campaign funding: self-funded
Previous community service: Served on executive committees, coached, managed minor hockey, women’s hockey, lacrosse, baseball, girls' softball, ringette and fundraising events. Host a large block party in the summer.
If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Port Moody?
Approving developers/builders who are not only marketing housing for speculative buyers. Attracting business to set up shop offering competitive living wages to residents. Ensuring a strong middle class in port moody. I’d like to have families and also their children be able to afford to stay in Port Moody.
How would you balance Port Moody growth and livability?
The community plan written over the past decades, must be reexamined. Future approval for developers must be examined carefully to ensure it’s meant for livability versus speculative buyers. We want small business to prosper with a strong middle class and everyone taking care of vulnerable residents. We need balance.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing Port Moody?
I am focusing my campaign on three major issues: transportation, parking and congestion; access to public services; and failure to adequately plan long term for all citizens.
How can Port Moody attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?
The entrepreneur is the one creating job growth. We need to create a competitive environment for business to come and make Port Moody their home. Along with that the worker will also be able to make their homes here.
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