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    Candidate responses will be included as we receive them.

     

    Candidates for Mayor

     



    Name: Bruce Banman
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Chiropractor
    Age: 49
    Website: http://www.brucebanman.com

     

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response: I will vote NO.  There isn't  enough information for me to make an educated, informed decision.  I find it hard to swallow there won't be any water by 2016.  The City has other options.  A referendum does NOT have to coincide with a municipal election.  If this isn't the right time or right choice we can come back to the electorate with an alternative.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety.  What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  Public safety is always a priority.  It is imperative that the Mayor and Council work with those entrusted with our safety to ensure Abbotsford  is the safest city it can be.  Protective services consume over 60% of the city budget.  It  is vital every dollar is achieving maximum return to taxpayers.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden.  Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response: The City needs to oust the status quo and be a leader in city management in Canada.  The City needs to undertake a comprehensive review of all expenditures and make bold and tough decisions.  ALL aspects of service delivery need to be fully explored and vetted and the best options for the benefit of the city as a whole needs to be implemented.

     

    Name: Meghann Coughlan
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Unemployed mother of 4, student
    Age: 32
    Website:  http://www.megformayor.ca

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  I will vote NO.  Private groups answer to profit and shareholders.   As a result, water quality, pricing and customer service standards couldn't be guaranteed.  Additionally, financial transparency isn't required so the public wouldn't be aware of what was happening behind closed doors.  We've had enough of that already.  Water = life, let's keep control.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response: It's nice that we aren't the murder capital anymore, but we need to look at how to keep it that way.  More social programs for at-risk youth, counselling programs for offenders, affordable housing options, after school programs for kids/teens, and anger management/after care services for domestic violence.  Prevention is paramount.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  I am weary of privatizing city services.  Studies have shown that privatization can cost more in the long run when the city is forced to clean up the mess - which is exactly why municipal governments stopped considering the option.  We need to keep services public and accountable.  If taxpayers are footing the bill, they should have some control.

     

    Name: Travis J. Daleman
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Student
    Age: 18
    Website:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/218717054859209/?re

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  I will vote NO on the P3 project because I do not believe that engaging in a 30 year contract on a temporary, 15 year solution can be justified, especially considering what it is going to cost the taxpayers both financially and environmentally.  If this is the solution, that it is being potrayed as, could it even be built and brought online by 2016?
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  Public safety is a broad subject which obviously means different things to different people and given such limited response space prevents me from addressing this issue effectively.  No matter if its personal or property safety, identifying the root of the problem is always a first step in solving the problem.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  Privatizing some services makes sense, for example the towing & impound services are contracted out to a local towing company.  Privatization of city services just for the sake of eliminating a few city-paid  positions doesn't make financial sense once the economic ricochet is factored into the City coffers and local businesses' income.

     

    Name:  Gerda Peachey
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Wife, Homemaker, Gardener, Community volunteer
    Age: 67
    Website: n/a

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  NO.  For decades the city delivered safe, reliable water to us.  In 2002 Stave Lake was pegged to be the new source for future growth.  In 2005 council pushed for a costly centre for big-name amusements ignoring the water issue.  Develop Stave Lake with traditional design/build and borrow the money from MFA.  Don't make a P3 deal that "commodifies" water.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  More police presence in vehicles, bikes and foot patrols.  Ask business and property owners to keep places free of debris.  Encourage citizens to press senior levels of government to enforce the law on genuine criminals.  Spend more time showing kids how to steer away from crime.  Have reformed inmates speak in schools.  Deal with small crimes.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  Privatize garbage pick-up.  Let there be an open market for the business and competition should ensure a reasonable cost and quality service.  Abbotsford should allow residents to salvage items of use to them to reduce the volume we have to dispose of.  Landscaping and parkland maintenance should be considered for contracts to private companies.

     

    Name: George W. Peary
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Mayor, City of Abbotsford
    Age: I will be 71 on October 30, 2011
    Website:  http://www.abbotsfordmayor.com

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response: I will vote YES because the City of Abbotsford needs an additional source of water and Stave Lake is the most economical and easily accessible source.  The P3 procurement model represents the vest value (i.e. least cost option) for our water users. Stave Lake will provide a reliable and long term source of water or the indefinite future.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  I convened and chaired the Mayor's Task Force on Crime Reduction.  The recommendations from this group of volunteers have been implemented by APD and the City.  I joined the Police Chief and Sgt. Mike Novakowski as we made fourteen presentations to parent groups in schools across the city.  The results speak for themselves.  Crime is down dramatically.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response: The city does use some private contractors to provide city services.  The former District of Abbotsford area has a private solid waste collector.  Centennial Pool is operated by a private company each summer.  Many contracts are awarded to private companies for public works projects.  Our collective agreements limit some options but the quest continues.

     

    Candidates for Council

     



    Name: Les Barkman
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Full Time City Councillor
    Age: 58
    Website:  On Facebook

     

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  Yes.  I supported the vote to send an application to the Federal Government to seek funding options.  We asked the Federal Government for funds and they have set the ground rules. Abbotsford tax payers have asked many times why funding for our Entertainment Centre was never asked for and I believe we have asked and this is how they have responded.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety.  What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  Having sat on the Mayor's Task Force on Crime Reduction, a Gang and Drug Unit was formed and has been very successful adding six new police officers to deal with traffic issues such as pedestrian fatalities, speeding are priorities.  I also feel it is important we all take ownership of our own neighbourhoods and get to know your neighbours.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden.  Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  I believe we must always review how we provide services to the taxpayer to maximize dollars spent.  We currently have city and private garbage pick up and it serves the city very well keeping both parties costs in check.  I support in house city services providers as you have more direct control of people when issues need to be resolved.

    Name: Henry Braun
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Businessman / Rancher
    Age: 61
    Website:  http://www.henrybraun.ca

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  The allotted space of 350 characters is not sufficient for a detailed answer to the question.  However, I will be voting NO and have posted the reasons for doing so on the blog section of my website located at www.henrybraun.ca
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  We have an excellent police and fire department.  If elected, I would continue to build on the successes made in recent years.  In the area of policing, our police chief and police board are to be commended for gains made in bending the crime curve down from where it was a few years ago, especially in the area of gang suppression.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  Without having access to cost information, it would be presumptuous of me to financially evaluate any City service in Abbotsford.  However, I can say that I'm open to the concept of privatizing if a business case can be made for doing so.  If elected, I will assess what, if any, services should be considered for cost-saving alternatives.

    Name: James W. Breckenridge
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Accountant, consultant, facilitator, speaker
    Age: 58
    Website:  http://www.jamesbreckenridge.ca

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  NO!  $291 million, deduct the $61 million grant = $230 million plus the $1 million a year additional cost to operate P3 (per City's consultant) over 30 years $30 million = projected cost of $260 million for the P3.Under the original Abbotsford 2/3 and Mission 1/3 plan  $219 million less Mission's 1/3 or $97 million, projected cost of $194 million.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  Not inciting fear for political purposes.  The crime rate throughout Canada, BC and Abbotsford is the lowest it has been since 1974 and it continues to fall.  Politicians like to use crime to scare people to get elected.  Wasting billions on approaches proven not to work while programs proven to help people get their lives together go unfunded.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  Studies show that whether a service is more cost effectively delivered by Public or Private depends on the management ability of who is delivering the service; the study also showed the myth that Private is more cost effective than Public is FALSE.  My management skills will make significant improvements in cost effectiveness of City operations.

    Name: Kevin Chapman
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: My brother and I own Valley Creative Curb
    Age: 27
    Website:  http://www.votechapman.ca

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  I am not opposed the idea of P3 when the right checks and balances are put in place.  My concerns are with the $328 million dollar cost of the project and lack of support from the City of Mission.  We should work with our neighbours on a joint plan that's more cost effective.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  The Abbotsford Police Department have been doing an excellent job over the past few years and I feel the gang crime task force is highly effective.  Therefore I believe it is very important  to keep them well funded so they can continue to keep us safe while being able to adapt to the constant changing needs for our city.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  I feel that privatization in some cases can be an effective way of improving the quality of services provided if the right checks and balances are in place.  Such as having clear regulations and health competition.  The City also needs to maintain complete ownership of any natural resources and infrastructure.

    Name: H. Dave Derkson
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Retired Pastor
    Age: 71
    Website:  None

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  Yes, after looking in tho the P3 water issue more closely I am in favor of the project.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  Are those concerns the same for each resident and business?  To assume that one can address the issues with a "cart blanch" response may in fact be avoiding the issue.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  That may be true and I would be open to consider that in regard to city services.  My motto in running for city councillor is "Working with you for our city in the country".  So that should not be a decision that we make at city hall without hearing from city residents and organizations like the Chamber of Commerce.

     

     

     



    Name: Vince Dimanno
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Self Employed Business Owner
    Age: 42
    Website:  http://www.vincedimanno.com

     

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  I will vote NO.  It  is not good value for the City.  A private tender will cost us $115 million more in interest and a private operator will cost us $1 million more per year....these numbers supplied by the City of Abbotsford.  Returning to the public option will bring Mission back to the table and they will bring $100 million with them.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety.  What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  Big question....little box.  Firstly, we need to admit we have  a serious issue in Abbotsford. We need a comprehensive plan to mitigate the poverty that is at the root of crime.  That includes low-income housing options, social service options and enforcement options.  These begin at the policy level at Council and continue through a change at APD.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden.  Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  Since the early 1900's the normal way governments have done business has been through private contracts.  Through much of that history, govt.'s have taken over these operations when they commonly fail.  They failed at such a high rate that they fell out of favour.  Returning to it now becasue it is simply different without knowing its history is a mistake.

    Name: Aird Flavelle
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Businessman
    Age: 57
    Website:  http;://www.AirdFlavelle.ca

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response: No.
      1.  True project cost is likely Stave:  $300 m+ sewer expansion:  $108m + 30 years of operations:  $100 m = HALF A BILLION dollars = almost $4000 per citizen
      2.  Demand management has not been sufficiently explored as a means to postpone or reduce the Stave Lake project.  Canadians use double the water of Europeans...we ought to fix something!
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  Our creative and resourceful Police Chief continues to decrease crime.  Now we need a City Task force to identify solutions to Property Crime (primarily caused by drug-addicts)  Also, we must use our city resources to mount a sustained and aggressive lobby on the provincial and federal governments to help us convict and keep gangsters jailed.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  If our citizens do not support the P3 referendum vote for the privatization of our water delivery system, then there is little purpose in attempting to privatize other sectors of our Public Services.  On the other hand, if our citizens condone the Stave Lake P3 then I would encourage exploring further privatization opportunities.

    Name: Simon Gibson
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Business Instructor, UFV
    Age: 61
    Website: None

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response: I will be supporting this important initiative - which has been endorsed by a majority of our Council - because we face a reduced supply of water in just a few years.  The proposed financial arrangement - with the significant and anticipated support from the federal government - will make the project financially viable.  It is good for Abbotsford.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  Over a third of our budget is dedicated to policing - which is reasonable, but we need to receive the same consideration from senior levels of government to have our police department funded with grants given to RCMP detachments.  The most recent crime stats indicate that Abbotsford is safer than all neighbouring communities which is encouraging!
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  Privatization could be attractive and may be worthy of consideration.  However, it should be contemplated with care as our residents will expect that any privatized service should provide the same standard.  A business plan would need to be prepared and Council could review the options which could possibly lead to privatization if it was advisable.

    Name: Moe Gidda
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Saw Mill Worker
    Age: 62
    Website:

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  NO.  Water should remain in the public hands as we are accountable for costs and quality control as we have upgraded the current system and have spent a fair amount of money on that.  There is no need to spend more and increase the taxes to subsidize this project.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  Public safety is a concern in each and every community everywhere; to enhance the safety in our community, more police officers
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  No.  Privatizing services means the city is not accountable for the upkeep of the city. Communication and accountability is lost and things are not taken care of and I believe it's not a reduction of taxes it's an increase in gaps and costs.

    Name: Moe Gill
    Residence:
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    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
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    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
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    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

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    Name: Anne Graham
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Parks and Recreation Arena Maintenance (retired)
    Age: As old my tongue....a little bit older than my teeth.
    Website:  None...sorry, no big fancy road signs either.

     

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  I will vote no. The 240 million dollar project coupled with the sewage treatment upgrades 108 million also needed, rarely mentioned, are too expansive at this time.  Our current water system (Norris Creek/Cannel Lake) could be improved, people may have to practice conservation in an extended drought, higher rates in the summer and rain barrel program.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety.  What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  Planning policing where there is is problem, rapid response and undercover teams on duty for predicted events.  I think there is adequate man power in our force to meet the city's needs.  Ideas for better "management" can always be found, by talking to the police themselves.  More ride-along programs and more community policing might help.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden.  Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  Not if the City has lost it's ability to perform a service and been put at the mercy of a contractor once they have cornered the market.  ie. road building.  Parks and Rec have done extensive P3's in the last ten years and the budget has quadrupled.  Contractors allowed to use city property can often "scrimp" on maintenance costing in the long run.

    Name: Dave Loewen
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Educator
    Age: 62
    Website: http://www.daveloewen.com

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  Yes. 
      1.  Best option of 19 explored
      2.  Opportunity to secure $62 + million in federal grant
      3.  Transfer of risk away from City to P3 partner
      4.  Providing redundancy in our system against the possibility of losing our one source due to a major storm event (eg.  2003)
      5.  Ensuring Abbotsford will have water beyond 2015
      6.  a 30% lower water bill for residents in 5 years.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  The strategies adopted by APD in the last 3 years are having a positive effect.  Criminal activities have been trending downward - some quite significantly.  Those strategies, together with present initiatives to strengthen neighbourhood communities, can and will continue to enhance public safety.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  We do have some of our waste services privatized, and I will always be open to considering other services in the future.  The most important question for me is, "Would privatization improve delivery of the service in question?"

    Name: Bill MacGregor
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: City Councillor
    Age: 62
    Website:  http://www.billmacgregor.com

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  Yes.  We NEED the water, we NEED the redundancy that the system will bring - we NEED the 60 million dollars from the federal government that is only available if we go P3 and we NEED to get back to being one community...everyone working together for the betterment of Abbotsford.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  To continue to support and work with the APD in the work they are doing to combat crime.  To continue to support and work with local sporting and leadership groups to grow their work with young people.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  Not at this point but we should study ALL possibilities with respect to changing our taxation model.  It is BROKEN and we cannot continue on this path...we need to shrink our taxes and put money back into the hands of the taxpayer so that they and their children have more disposable income.  This MUST be the focus of all three government levels.

    Name: Lynn Perrin
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Legal Researcher/Public  Policy Analyst
    Age: 60 +
    Website:  http;//www.electlynnperrin.wordpress.com

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  NO.  I do not support the commodification of water a human right for a profit by a private consortium.  It does not make economic sense as the cost of borrowing $95 million from a private source rather than the public Municipal Funding Authority will cost $50 million to $55 million extra in interest and private operations add $24 million to the cost.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response: As a former federal corrections worker and a student of criminology; we must address the root causes of poverty which result in crime such as family violence and addictions.  As a community we need to provide access to community recreation/cultural activities to ALL youth.  Abbotsford should measure success on the residents in the lowest sector.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  No, research has shown and the experience of other governments indicates that contracting out of services does not result in a savings to taxpayers and removes tax money from the community.  The operating contract for the hospital is a good example - the operator is located in the UK tax haven and any profit goes to shareholders - not local shops.

    Name: Patricia Ross
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: City Councillor
    Age: 53
    Website:  http:www.patriciaross-whatmatters.com

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response: I will be voting no.  I do believe we need Stave Lake, but cannot endorse the manner we are going about it such as the disrespect to our partners in Mission where the water is, the lack of choice between publicly run or privately on the referendum question.  There are many risks about this manner and the long term P3 consequences and costs.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  I am a big fan of Restorative Justice.  As a board member, I see first hand the profound difference it makes with not only the offender and victim, but the ripple effect to family and community.  I also believe we need to create a better culture of respect and compassion for all.  The lack of that is at the root of all crime.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  I believe there is an important role for the private sector in city operations as it fosters a healthy economy.  But we also need a healthy balance of publicly run (non-profit) operation of essential services such as provision of water.

     

     

     



    Name: Mark Rushton
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Writer/media relations
    Age: 65
    Website:  http://www.markrushton.ca   (under construction)

     

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  Yes, our economic future is at stake.  It will be a financial benefit to taxpayers and without a secure ample water source all future development is curtailed.  If it fails, the burden on existing taxpayers will begin to increase dramatically.,  But, the real decision is to elect those who can understand the project's contracts, or decide the next step.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety.  What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  Under Chief Bob Rich, with IHIT and the Integrated Gang Task Force, the  APD has done an exceptional job of reducing crime, discouraging gangs/drugs.  A large growing city will always have some crime so we must continue to build on the success already achieved.  We must lobby for federal government funding equivalent to that given towns with RCMP service.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden.  Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  Only if it is in the best interests of the taxpayer.  Garbage is already partially privatized.  That could possibly be expanded to the full service, as could snow removal, parks maintenance and others.  I would however, look carefully to ensure we would get best value and performance for our tax dollar before agreeing to anything.

    Name: Jati Sidhu
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Businessman
    Age: 59
    Website:  http://jatiforcouncil.com

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  I will vote NO against Stave Lake, however, this does not mean I am opposed to P3 initiatives.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  As a member of the Police Board for 3 years, I know what it takes to continue to enhance public safety and make our streets safer for our citizens.  Police need to be equipped with resources, and the public need to be continuously educated about crime reduction.  We need interventions so we never become the murder capital of Canada again.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  As far as City Services are concerned, I am not in favour of privatizing any of the services.  I am in favour of keeping employment at home and managing our own services.  By privatizing these services, we most likely will not see any reduction in taxes.

    Name: Daljit Singh Sidhu
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Service Writer/Manager
    Age: 48
    Website:

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  I am voting against privatization, however, I do support the city borrowing funds at a competitive rate if necessary.  We have the ability to borrow funds at a more favourable rate than a private company.  The city should be able to provide water to citizens at a lower cost than private enterprise given that private enterprise must also borrow and make profit.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  By lowering the unemployment rate and attracting new business.  This will decrease the instance of homelessness and substance use.  It will also generate revenue allowing more police presence, the installation of cc cameras etc.  We must also promote extracurricular activities.  Key here is infrastructure development and better fiscal management at city hall.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  No, while certain things are better managed privately, others must remain in the public domain.  For public goods, government management is more economically efficient, is of better quality and is more accessible.  We need only look at the massive overage and ongoing subsidization by taxpayers for Project 1 Arena to see evidence that privatization is not always cheaper.

    Name: John Smith
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Retired Banker
    Age: 68
    Website:  http://www.electJohnSmith.com

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  Yes, We will need a new source of water by 2016 if we are to support continued growth, employment opportunities, prosperity and life style.  External Professional Engineers and Accountants tell us that the P3 approach is the most efficient and lowest cost model and this is validated by the Federal government who are giving us up to $65.8 million.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response: We need to continue supporting the Abb. Police dept who are dong a great job - crime rate down 38% YTD.  This costs money and has been a major contributor to tax increases over the past few years.  I have pressed for more equitable Fed/Prov funding (same as RCMP enjoy) which would provide over $4 million and give us some tax relief.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response: I support outsourcing city services where it makes economic sense, quality of service can be reasonably assured and where collective agreements permit.  We are always looking to become more efficient, not just outsourcing, but also working smarter.  The best place to find greater efficiency is to ask existing employees - they often have good ideas.

    Name: Terry Stobbart
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Unemployed at present.  Previous work gov't./private
    Age: 48
    Website

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  I will vote NO. I do not support the P3 arrangement as I feel that water should be kept public and it is a dangerous precedent to open up the chance of investors to make a profit on water.  Water should be kept public and local.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  I will support more citizen's watch groups.  I will strategize to use the budget allocated to free up more time for the police to actuatlly be on the streets, being visible to citizens.  Look at making the bys loops more secure and safe.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  I do not support privatizing any of the services currently in the property tax base.  This would create a burden on low income home owners such as seniors.  Fee for services could be introduced on new non essential services should they be deemed to not be necessary to the upkeep and sustainability of Abbotsford. For example, blue box service.

    Name: Doris Woodman-McMillan
    Residence: Abbotsford
    Occupation: Business Owner - Bookkeeping
    Age: 50
    Website:  http://www.decidedlydoris.ca

    • Voters will be asked to vote 'YES' or 'NO' on a referendum to permit the City to borrow money to build a second water source from Stave Lake that may include Federal Government contributions through a P3 arrangement. How will you vote and why?
      Response:  I will vote yes.  While the way this has been presented to the community has created anxiety, the issue at hand is that we will need additional water in order to continue to develop Abbotsford.  The largest consumers of water are industry, not homes.  Industry creates jobs, and it is necessary for a growing community.
    • Abbotsford residents and businesses regularly report one of their major concerns is public safety. What are your strategies to enhance public safety?
      Response:  The efforts of APD to educate starting with children is something I would like to see continue.  Use resources wisely to make sure we have as many officers as possible available for street work.  Create multi-use zones, where people work/life in the same zones creates safer, more vibrant neighbourhoods, AND stops areas from being empty half the time.
    • Many residents have suggested that privatizing some City Services could reduce the overall tax burden. Do you support privatizing any City Services?
      If so, what services and why? If not, why not?

      Response:  We cannot continue to increase taxes when our taxpayers; incomes are not increasing.  I don't believe we should put the City on sale, but I do believe we need to review what we have/what we spend, to determine where it is best to put our limited resources.  Focus on what the priorities are first.