Platform

One of the first things people want to know when someone announces they’re running in any kind of election is “What’s your platform?”

Generally speaking a platform is something built to elevate you. Like this stage – it’s really just a glorified platform! We’re all up here so you can see us better. Maybe that’s what an election platform really is – something that allows people to raise themselves up so you can see them better.

But from this vantage point, on this stage, on this platform, I can actually see all of you better. With that in mind, I want to be sure that the things that I built my platform on allow me to see you.

Like Economic Development ~ how does it affect you? If you’re an entrepreneur, a city that makes being in business as simple as possible, helps you to realize your dreams. If you’re a young person, hoping to stay here, a city that prepares for industrial growth and pursues Industry, opens up opportunities for your future. More retail development & services increase quality of life by giving you more options. Ultimately new industrial and commercial development add tax dollars to City of Moose Jaw revenue, which adds to what the city can do for you through programs & services. So adding Economic Development to my platform is because I see life better for you when we stand up for and encourage all types of Economic Development activity!

And “Infrastructure”. How does it affect you? It affects every aspect of your daily life whether you notice it or not. But likely you’ll only notice it is when it’s lacking or failing. Normally nobody much thinks about water distribution because we don’t see the facilities or underground network that bring it to our homes 24/7. But when it starts to fail – you notice, and you should!
And Roads get everyone talking – when they’re bad, or closed. Because you rely on them every day to get you to where you’re going, for work, for recreation, in emergencies or in the daily grind. You likely don’t really notice the roads that are good – but the ones that are bad annoy you daily. Recreational facilities are also infrastructure – and I know that good and various recreational facilities are important to you and your family. So when I look at you on the building block of infrastructure – I see you much more clearly – because these are the things that you rely on every day. And I am committed to continuing to support projects and budgets that renew our infrastructure!

My platform is about you, the people of Moose Jaw. And I will stand on it over the next four years, so that I can see you more clearly and serve you better!

 

 

Here We Go!

It’s hard to believe that four years have slipped by since the last election! So much has changed in my life, in our city, in our country and in the world! Yet, as the saying goes, the more things change the more they stay the same. The last term was productive in many ways.  We implemented city-wide recycling, opened the Off-Leash Dog Park, completed the construction of the CPR Dam, started the long over-due Cast Iron Water Main replacement, saw the completion of some critical repairs to the 9th Aveneu bridge, we’ve welcomed Rona and Montana’s to our city and we have seen more pavement rehabilitated and replaced than ever! With successes also come short-comings and there are always disappointments and projects that did not come to fruition. Which means there is more work to do. The last council was not as cohesive as it could have or should have been, and I am committed to working at finding a way to build that into our next council.

The referendum will decide if there will be a new funding model for the Cast Iron project. If that is the case the new council will have some hard decisions to make out of the gate and it would be my hope that a new funding model could be agreed on unanimously. But that will take a strong will from all elected officials to compromise and collaborate – and that includes me.

I love this city and am so proud to be a Moose Javian! Thank you for the privilege of serving you these last seven years and I ask for your support once again on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

Campaign Finances

Following suit with other candidates from last months Election please find below a general statement regarding the finances of my campaign.

Expenses:
Printed Material: $840.99
Other advertising: $257.50
Signs: $400.00
PR Management: $500.00
Total: $1948.49

Contributions:
Family & Friends: $620.00
MJ Firefighters: $500.00
Total: $1120.00

The total cost for my 2009 campaign was very similar to that of 2012.

Thank You!

Thank you – two simple words that can’t begin to express how grateful and overwhelmed I am by the support the people of Moose Jaw showed to me during yesterdays Civic Election. Your support and encouragement has blessed me beyond words. Everywhere I have gone in the past couple of months you have encouraged me and I thank you! It is my goal to continue to serve you diligently and to be worthy of the honor you have given me by re-electing me with such a strong show of support.
May God bless you!

Link to YouTube Election Video

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I Believe

This past winter I was in what some might call “a slump”. And then we were at the Kinsmen Sports dinner where TSN’s Rod Black spoke and he re-inspired me…you might say it was my TSN turning point. Hence tonight’s speech…

I believe…when neighbors look out for each other, we will build neighborhoods not just sub-divisions. And I believe when we actively live in our neighborhoods we can then begin knitting them together and create a community that is safe, healthy and welcoming for everyone. Communities are not made up of buildings and structures…but by people and relationships

I believe that in Moose Jaw we do need to rebuild streets and sidewalks, AFTER we are sure that the infrastructure beneath them are upgraded to current standards and not on the verge of failing soon after new surfaces have been constructed.

I believe in respecting our environment by recycling, protecting our urban forest, planning for a land fill expansion that is a 21st century “land fill” not just a “dump”, and I believe that if we each picked up just 3 pieces of litter every time we were out Moose Jaw would be virtually litter free and our civic pride would begin to soar!

I believe that to get to where you want to go you need a map, also known as a plan. I believe that a great plan is actually the convergence of many other plans. Economic Development plans, Strategic Plans, sub-division plans, new hospital plans, Infrastructure Renewal plans…I believe they need each other to be complete. I believe that planning may not always lead to the initially imagined outcomes, but that not planning always leads to reactionary, counterproductive, expensive band-aid solutions that can hurt and do hinder progress. I believe constructive planning leads to innovative, potent and potentially powerful results.

I believe in team work, and that true team work only comes when mutual respect is the underlying principle. I do not believe that respect means everyone agrees all the time. I do believe however that respect allows opposing points of view to be expressed without fear of ridicule or judgment. Respect is the universal tool for growth and progress.

I believe in Moose Jaw’s long standing system of Reserves that in part enable us to help fund our Capital budget every year. And I know that as our forefathers made bold decisions to put such reserves in place, we now must make bold decisions to ensure a strong future for the generations to come. We will not just be the City Council of today…we are the forefathers of tomorrow.

And I believe in the Saskatchewan Roughrider’s and the Moose Jaw Warriors!

Moose Jaw…I believe in you… and when you believe in me again on October 24th I will continue to help build the future of the city we all believe in and that we all call “home”.

Advance Polls & Voter I.D. Information

There is still time to vote at the Advance Polls at City Hall if you need/want to. The times are:

Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, October 19, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

And remember your voter ID which is one government issued identification that includes your photo, name and address. (Easiest is your driver’s license.) Or you can supply two pieces of ID which include your name and at least one that confirms your address.

And why not take a friend with you when you go to vote? Encouraging your friends and family to vote may increase voter turn out and raise City awareness. In 2009 Moose Jaw’s voter turn out was under 39% – let’s do better in 2012!

Voting is your right and your privelege.