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.
My four years as a City Councillor have enabled me to continue doing what I loved to do when I was a Durham College professor: to help people and to make a difference in my community. If you examine my record of accomplishments, I think you will see I have done a lot of that; however, I found that there were gaps in accessibility to information, knowledge, and Regional Staff contacts on a familiar basis which, had I known, would have made many projects easier and faster to accomplish. There are things which I want to accomplish in the next four years which being a City and Regional Councillor will make much easier.
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. My wife and I own our own home and have no personal debt. 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.