The ideas a potential councillor proposes and the values he or she represents will be the most important information for citizens as they cast their ballots this Fall. To make sure my ideas and values are clear, I posted my platform at Bloxam.ca/platform.
Since the Spring, I have been visiting Ward 6 residents at their homes to introduce myself. I’ve also been listening to them about what is important to them in their neighbourhoods and for the city of London as a whole. I’ve also attended community meetings and events, and met with many of the decision makers in the area. All of this has helped me to refine and focus the priorities I already had when I entered the race to be the next councillor for Ward 6.
I chose to organize my platform based on three key themes that I believe Londoners are looking for from their next council – Integrity, Prosperity, and Sustainability. Of course, there’s a lot more to the platform than just a few key words. I’ll expand on some of the individual ideas here on this blog over the next few weeks. For now, let me tell you a bit about what I mean by each of these words.
If there’s one thing I’ve heard above all else when speaking with Londoners, it’s that the citizens of our city have lost faith in their elected officials. I promise to be open, accountable, and accessible to my constituents. I will work with my council colleagues to come to a consensus when making decisions, instead of continuing the “us vs. them” mentality of the past.
Our city has had a tough time during the recent economic downturn. We need to get more folks into fulfilling careers and encourage business growth in London. There is no easy answer and there are many pieces to the puzzle, but working together we can achieve our goals to make London a place to live, work, play, and stay.
Sustainability means ensuring that decisions take into account economy, community, and environment without placing higher priority for one over the others. It also means ensuring that the prosperity we build together lasts over the long term. In my business career and volunteer commitments, I have always striven to make sustainable decisions. This is a practice that I will continue as your councillor.
I hope you’ll take some time to read through the platform on my Web site, and to get in touch with any questions and comments, good or bad. One of the things integrity means is that I keep listening, even if I think I have the answer.
Please also continue to visit the blog as I expand on some of these points and talk about what the next council’s job will be when it comes to making them a reality.