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Priorities

Cut wasteful spending and rein-in taxes

City Council has a spending problem and seems to be out of touch with economic reality. Wisely investing in Calgary's financial future means living within our means and focusing on needs rather than wants. I am focused on meaningful investments that translate into safer streets, free movement of goods and commuters, and an attractive business environment. Raising residential and non-residential taxes year-after-year is not sustainable, this is even more important at a time of economic hardships, record-high unemployment and double-digit commercial vacancies in our downtown core. I want to see reductions, not increases to the City's $4 billion operating budget. In order to lead by example, I have declined taking a pension and a transition allowance, resulting in a large savings for taxpayers.

Transparency and accountability

City Council conducts too much business behind closed doors. With 748 secret meetings since 2013, City Hall seems to be run by the Administration, rather than the elected officials. Our families and businesses are being crushed by high taxes, red tape, and a City Council that doesn't listen to our issues and concerns. Simply put, what happens at City Hall belongs to you - not politicians.

An open door policy at City Hall should be the rule, not the exception. When I was elected, I took an oath to listen to my constituents and be your voice. I am committed to open, transparent and accountable government. Council's business should be conducted in an open forum in a respectful and timely way. I will continue to work hard to have secret documents released and force a recorded vote of city council every time there is a motion to move the discussion behind closed doors. Calgarians are the ones paying for the studies, documents, projects and initiatives that City Council are considering, so it's only right for citizens to have access to this public information also.

Respect for citizens

One of the reasons that I ran for public office was because I saw how City Hall had lost touch with citizens. Calgarians deserve not only to be heard but to have their input used in a meaningful way. As your representative, my first priority is to listen to and act on what I hear from you. I, along with my office staff, pledge to treat you with respect and work to ensure that your concerns are addressed in a timely manner that I ran for public office was because I saw how City Hall had lost touch with citizens. Calgarians deserve not only to be heard but to have their input used in a meaningful way.

As your representative, my first priority is to listen to and act on what I hear from you. I, along with my office staff, pledge to treat you with respect and work to ensure that your concerns are addressed in a timely manner. Whether it is by e-mail, phone, letter, or in person at a Ward 11 Town Hall or City Hall meeting, I genuinely appreciate you taking time out of your busy personal life to take an interest in bettering our community.


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