I’m seeing a number of municipal candidates focusing their election efforts on issues and causes completely out of the realm of municipal government. I admire everyone who has passion for issues – and I am passionate too – but I take my role as Coquitlam City Councillor very seriously and promise to stay focused on what I’m elected to do: represent you and make decisions on your behalf in the City of Coquitlam. I will of course advocate to other levels of government and other organizations (for example Translink) when advocacy is needed, but my mandate as a municipally-elected official is to serve as a municipally-elected official.
The mandate of Coquitlam City Council as stated on the city website is as follows:
“Coquitlam City Council is responsible for local government leadership and decision making in the City of Coquitlam. The primary function of City Council is to consider the interests and well being of the public and the City and to use its powers for the benefit and protection of its citizens. The Council does this through the establishment of administrative policies, the adoption of bylaws and the collection of taxes.”
As your City Councillor, you can expect me to ALWAYS consider the interests and well being of you, the taxpayer, and to ALWAYS make decisions that will benefit and enrich residents’ quality of life here in Coquitlam. This is very important to me.
Additionally, I want you to know, that serving as Independent City Councillor I won’t waste your time, tax dollars, or trust by focusing my attentions outside of my elected role or being influenced by forces outside of the local democratic process. I will continue to represent the public on civic issues within the local government by seeking the residents’ input and acting on their behalf. Yes, there are many important matters at the provincial and federal level, but my civic duty will be to continue to serve local residents about local matters. It is within this role I will continue to work to build relationships with all government in order to benefit residents.
A few examples where I’ve respectfully advocated to other levels of government – and will continue to do so – include:
1.) a notice of motion I put forward asking the provincial government to open the door to ridesharing in BC and to establish a framework for this transportation option and
2.) speaking directly to the federal immigration Minister about the challenges involved finding appropriate housing for refugees in one of the most expensive housing markets in the country – and a market with the lowest vacancy rate.
3.) collaborating with SD43 with respect to partnerships involving public amenities
4. advocating at every opportunity to the Provincial government for more mental health services and supports, more resources for the treatment of addictions and more resources for supportive housing. Through all my work on the Homelessness & Housing Task Group and the 3030 Gordon Emergency Shelter Task Force and I am VERY aware of the many gaps in what is needed in our community.
I take my role as a community leader in local government very seriously. I was awarded at the Union of BC Municipalities convention with this certificate: