I dislike “attack ads”. They have no place in Canadian election campaigns. I think most Canadians agree with me. In debates I never try to win a point at the personal expense of my opponent. Whenever possible, I directly answer every question. Where I am uncertain of a factual response I will say so and will get back to you with one, or I will advise you of where you can get your best answer. A Councillor should listen to all sides of an issue without bias and should make informed decisions based on all available facts.
When I moved up from City Councillor to Regional and City Councillor, I experienced the huge benefits of having direct access to Regional Staff of any department to obtain necessary and needed information for the advancement of projects at both the Regional and City level. These benefits were evident in nearly every project I have been successful in bringing forward in our city. I have more projects I would like to bring forward; therefore, I ask for your support to be able to do that.
I taught ethics in the Police Foundations program at Durham College for 10 years. Being ethical means, “It’s not what you do when people are watching; it’s what you do when they’re not.” My father was with CIBC for 46 years. I grew up with financial accountability. I do not like to see taxpayers’ hard-earned money being overspent, and I will work tirelessly to ensure we are getting the fullest value for our tax dollars. I live my life by the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I believe any new policy, procedure, or by-law should follow “The Harm Principle”: Will this action cause harm or potential harm to others? If so, either don’t do it or find an alternative that doesn’t.