Having just visited Dean’s site I was surprised to see what appeared to be an obvious ‘plant’ of a comment followed by an answer intended to put me on the spot, and have me answer questions Dean appears unable to? Below is both the question and Dean’s answer to that question:
Q. On John Princes blog he talks about the Municipality having a spending problem. On his Mayor’s site he talks about the Municipality committing to Affordable housing, Indoor Swimming Pool, and a Community Transportation System. How can he do all of these things and reduce spending.
A. I have no idea how that is possible, but I would suggest that you put that very question to Mr Prince.
Before I deal with the question asked, I have a question of my own. Is the above answer Dean’s new campaign slogan, “I have no ideas?” :-) Not surprising as sadly his track record seems to be one of complacency; lacking in imagination and initiative. Always asking questions but never giving answers or solutions to the many problems facing our community is not my idea of how to run a municipality such as ours. For example, in a recent post of his he gives us the appraised value of the CLC but over the years has never offered any ideas as to what could and should be done with it, except sell it to the highest bidder and get rid of it. Not much vision or initiative with that solution, is there? The same can be said about the River Run development project, no ideas, no initiative, no plan and no action here either. I could go on with a whole slew of other examples, such as the ones mention by the questioner above. The point is that sadly Dean does not seem to be a man of ideas. Well, thankfully, I am!
Now, to answer the questioner’s question with respect to how things can get done while also not taxing our residents out of their homes?
First of all, if you read my blog and election website you will see that I have already answered these questions but I will summarize as follows, but first. Today on the radio, I heard where Pincher Creek is getting a new $12m seniors development that will be completed by next spring by a company whose investment in this project is the first they have made in this province. Why did they not invest here? Why does nobody invest here while they do invest everywhere else around us? It’s simple, we are rightfully perceived as a community to not do business in. For years, under our current mayor, we have had firewalls up that kept investors out and kept things the way they are, in. This in my opinion was a deliberate and calculated move by the powers that be in this community to maintain their control and status quo within the community. After all, according to their way of thinking, it is better to be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in a big pond. In this regard, whereas Irwin and his gang over the years have continually put another brick in the wall, Dean’s actions, in all fairness, over this last term has put a crack in their firewall. I intend to finish the job, by smashing this rotten edifice, that has held this community back, to the ground.
Second, our priorities have been all wrong. This mayor and current and past councils have taxed our taxpayers beyond measure and pumped all this money into ‘questionable’ infrastructure projects at the expense of everything else, including: affordable housing, seniors housing, a new community centre (with indoor pool), an efficient and all inclusive public transportation system, emergency shelters, etc…. and the list goes on.
My plan will be to change our priorities while holding down taxes (the later will not be difficult as for years they have risen to what they are today in order to fund all the ‘questionable’ infrastructure projects we have been saddled with). With the above in mind and giving it my full attention, at least for the first year or two, I would work closely with my council, CAO (administration), chamber of commerce, community futures and other key players (including our different levels of government both provincially and federally) in seeing what can be done to encourage and entice business and industry to our area, as well as to deal with our long neglected social inclusion issues.
No rock will be left unturned, no idea will be considered to small or impossible, and no resource will be left untapped. Naysayers and do nothings will be shown to the back of the bus and those with vision, know how, experience and the ‘can do’ types, no matter their station in life, will be given every opportunity to bring their vision and ideas to the front, where they will have a chance at fruition. In doing so, we will “accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and latch onto the affirmative”.
My council will be one of ideas and initiatives… and action!
On October 18th, vote John Prince for Mayor
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.