Councillor Brian Gallant seeks re-election

As of today, with our municipal election now on, second out of the gate from our incumbents is Brian Gallant.

Election Announcement

I am excited to announce my candidacy for reelection. It was exceptionally rewarding to work with the public, a variety of volunteer boards, and the municipal staff to move the community forward for the last three years. I am seeking your support to continue.

I don’t think anyone will deny that it has been a tough three years. I did not agree with every outcome during the past term, but I made an important contribution to the decision making process. The hardest part of being on council making difficult and sometimes unpopular choices, but I would not be doing my best for this community if I shied away from the tough decisions.

During my term in office I have been a voice of fiscal restraint. At no time did I vote for a municipal tax increase. I also called for moderation on fee increases and I initiated the cancellation of development levies that deterred growth. The municipality is changing as an organization and I have the practical sense to help refine the operation, but we have been in a 30-year slump and it will take time.

We have a lot to look forward to over the next several years and, despite what some might tell you, the future is bright. The fact is that development permits and new housing starts are on the rise with 2012 & 2013 showing the highest numbers we have seen in years. A number of new businesses have popped up. New mines and a hotel are in the works. School enrolment at Horace Alan and ISS is up. We need to plan to be successful and continue this trend. This will not happen by upholding the status quo and hoping that good things fall into our laps. We must actively pursue economic opportunities by promoting our community to investors, businesses and prospective residents.

We need to develop our industrial capacity. We have a shortage of serviced commercial land and infrastructure to support the resurgence of industry, especially mine related. We need to diversify our economy and there is no “silver bullet” for our problems. To help this diversification, I will propose a business incubator for Crowsnest Pass, which has been highly successful in other communities. We also must promote tourism opportunities because these businesses have some of the lowest start-up costs and highest return. Tourism is a leading industry in Alberta so there are a number of existing tools we can tap into. To this end, I will move to implement feasible elements of the Visitor Friendly Communities plan, which was commissioned by Community Futures.

Revitalization is critical to our future and I have backed many initiatives. I have championed enhancing our recreation facilities and capacity. I am not just talking about a recreation centre, but a set of services that will help make Crowsnest Pass a destination. Long term, this will benefit not only locals, but will also attract visitors and new families. We have the ability to offer an experience that is not possible in other areas of the province. I am proud to have worked with the Heritage Board in furthering a heritage master plan. Through the development of a sound business case, we were able to attain funds to move forward.

As stated in the Municipal Inspection, communication needs to improve on all levels. This has been an ongoing concern for me and I took steps during the term to improve this, but we need to do more. If reelected, I will move to accept the report and redefine the standards that everyone can expect when communicating with the town office and council.

I look forward to an honest and healthy debate around the many issues facing our community. We need to move forward – together. For a broader view of the issues that matter to our community, please visit my website.

 

One of the hardest tasks of leadership is understanding that you are not what you are, but what you’re perceived to be by others.

from John Prince
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15 Responses to Councillor Brian Gallant seeks re-election

  1. peter rosner says:

    very fitting quote for this guy John he is full of it and will not be getting my vote.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Councilor Gallant sat on his hands during budget discussions without any complains at all. Being assured the budget would pass, he voted against it. Who does he think we are?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I had to go to the shit house after I read this??
    Gallant you have Tallant.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Get rid of him.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Incumbent, ….nyahhh!

  6. Anonymous says:

    John don’t you just love it when you rightly call someone out on their bullshit and they try to make you out to be the bad guy!!??

  7. Anonymous says:

    Anti business and Development
    One of the worst ever
    No pride or shame.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Gallant is one of the councillors who show promise.

    He’s got my vote.

  9. Anonymous says:

    12:10
    Are you is brother?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Gallant has my vote too. He doesn’t just sit back and commentate – he’s at almost every food bank drive, river clean up and does a lot of other volunteer work.

  11. Anonymous says:

    He has done a great job the past three years, he has my vote.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Anyone that believes Gallant did a good job for our Municipality should read the Municipal Report. The whole crew was INSANE none of them should be reelected. They had their chance they screwed up. Why is this so hard to understand? You work for someone you f–k up you get fired, why not here????

  13. Anonymous says:

    9:42

    I think he’s feeling guilty and trying to fill in for all the spaces that he’s opened up.

  14. Anonymous says:

    9:42 We are not looking for a Gopher here we need a person at the Council table with a mind that can debate situations and vote with his own mind. I don’t see any of that in M Gallant he should stay by the river if he is doing good there. When you have to mention that a man helps at the food bank to show that he is a good politician it is pretty LOW. You can show you are good when you sit in that chair. Was he sleeping? He sat there for 3 years, where’s the results? Complete fu__ up!!!!!

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