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Election 2017

I campaigned from April - October 2017. I believe in personal connection, so talking to people face-to-face was my focus. I held six live GP Round Table events, went for over 100 coffee meetings, and knocked on over 2700 doors. My primary goal in these interactions was to learn about our community. I asked people about their experiences, areas of expertise, ideas, and dreams. These shaped my vision for how I wanted to see Grande Prairie change and grow.

I also spent a lot of time connecting with people online. I started the GP Round Table Facebook group. I also wrote detailed background and ideas on a range of policy issues.

I believe in accountability. I also want people to have continued access to background information I published. So I am leaving my writing from the election up. However, it comes with one big disclaimer:

I went into the job of City Council with as much preparation as was possible. But any city is complex- I will always have a lot more to learn. I also do not believe anyone is well served when decision makers approach every conversation with their minds made up. You will notice in my writings that I often said "I support..." I did not say "I will vote...." This is because I know some of my positions will change as I am exposed to new perspectives and information. When that happens, I want you to have the tools needed to notice. I will be excited to share with you what changed for me.

Following is a condensed version of the primary policies I supported in my campaign. Below you can find links to more detailed positions.

SustainaBLE

To maintain a sustainable city, I support:

  • Pursuing strategies to cut taxation. Ideas to explore include regional collaboration, zero based budgeting, priority based budgeting, and growing other sources of revenue. 
  • Using savings from regional partnerships, annexation, and increased efficiency to lower taxes rather than increase spending
  • Policies that encourage industrial and commercial. This includes streamlining regulatory processes.
  • Strengthening regional collaboration and our relationship with the County of Grande Prairie. 

Livable

To strengthen a livable city, I support:

  • Strong advocacy to provincial and federal governments on behalf of Northwestern Alberta. Priorities should include twinning HWY 40, supporting our energy industry, granting GPRC polytechnic status, affordable housing, and resources to address our opiate crises.
  • Pursuing regional partnerships to implement Recreational Master Plan priorities.
  • Ensuring our City is accessible to all citizens. 
  • Resourcing, monitoring, and when necessary updating our plan to end homelessness. 
  • Dedicating greater resources to the Education and Engineering components of road safety. 

ConnecTED

To foster a connected city, I support:

  • Systems which involve citizens in major Council decisions. This includes making budget and operational information easy to find and digest.
  • Greater effort put into engaging young people in our community. 
  • Partnerships with strategic non-profits who have strong community support and sensible business plans
  • Development of community park, recreation, and meeting spaces
  • Development and implementation of community mobility plans to encourage walkable communities
  • Continued support of Neighbourhood Associations

Click on a topic below to read a specific policy paper I wrote. 

Let me know what policies you think will create a sustainable, livable, and connected Grande Prairie. Join a GP Round Table discussion online or in person. Details are here.

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