Questions to the People Running for Councillors in Surrey 2018
Thank you to get in touch with me. Below are my answers. I would also love to hear what you’re opinions are to these matters as every opinion matters and all voices should be heard. My voice is the publics voice once elected as council. If majority of people have consensus then this will count as the publics voice. I will always be willing and able to take advice on any subject and open to suggestions. It takes everyone’s input in the community to build a good city.
1. Policing – would you prefer to stay with RCMP, or make a move toward a separate / city police force?
I believed it will cost a lot of money to change the RCMP to Local police force. This also does not guaranty to fix the crime problem or even come up with solutions to create a safer community. We need more police to service this large city, as many as Vancouver does per capita. The number being proposed is at least 150 more officers. And having a Public Police Oversight Comity would also give us more say in how the RCMP would be run and how long officers should stay in the community before allowed to leave and not get acquainted with the citizens(and the bed guys within our community.
2. Transit – in general, is your preference towards LRT or Skytrain style projects?
I always like Sky train, No lights, No extra traffic on the congested roadways, and almost always on time. It will cost more money to build the Skytrain, but why not charge the developers with an “Air Rights” clause for additional funding. This should be done with planning and zoning and working with the communities along the proposed routes. Since any properties along the skytrains proposed route would be a benefit to the landholders sharing the costs for developing and the infrastructure should be a logical shard commitment. The city can offer a developer higher zoning for offset capital towards social housing and transportation(Skytrain). It has been done in other parts of the world, why not here too!
3. Commuting / development – Some of our roads have not kept pace with the growing community, and in some cases the roads are “like a wagon trail” (72nd Ave from 184 St to the TOL). Sixteenth Avenue should be turned into a proper highway with 4 lanes.
On a scale of 1 (least important) to 10 (most important), how do you view the development of roads during or prior to the building of homes and other buildings?
I agree with you, A lot of road has not kept up with city growing. This is something our businesses and citizens(myself included) are very concerned with. The goods and services need to be able to move freely around the city and in and out of the city. A great deal of public consultation should be done around our road networks and the improvement and acquisition of land that could help with this should be on the table of discussions right away. In fact all public consultations should be done with transparency and in a timely manor. I give this an 8 out of 10 since it affects our peoples health and our businesses degree of investment.
4. If considering federal politics, where would you place yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being left leaning and 10 being right leaning)?
I have not thought about this too much. I generally like to look at all aspects of whom I am voting for and what they stand for more than I vote for an ideological party line. As I am I would hope more people vote independent as they do not have to pull a party line and can vote with decisions that make the most sense for all the people.
Questions from Heather:
I have read all your bios and they sound impressive.
Since you have covered much, I have a some questions for y’all.
One – is what is your opinion on coloured side walks being painted on Surrey streets?
And some agree to expanding skytrain and leaving LRT behind and I am in agreement with this; what are your thoughts?
This may seem petty, but I would like to see metres marked around fire hydrants- sometimes it is hard to judge and parking tickets are then issued and can be expensive (other cities do mark around hydrants).
I agree with more police in Surrey as well. Living in West Cloverdale for the past 5 years there have been deaths by violent ways (due mainly because of drugs), and many car accidents in this vicinity – some also causing deaths.
There are more questions but can wait for now.
It is decision time and I am looking forward to good changes in our growing city.
And looking forward to hearing from you to help with my decision making.
Answers to Heather:
Thanks for reaching out to us and getting our opinions and getting yours. This is great for democracy, an open and transparent government is what I strive to bring to council.
LRT, is not what the people want, I have had some deep thoughts on this subject. I feel Surrey has been left behind in our transit and transportation needs. Bot going with LRT will cause delays(which I think hurts) but not going for a Skytrain that connects the region together will hurt Surrey and the region even more. And the majority of people I speak with are opposed to LRT. If we are looking into the future Skytrain should go to the Abbotsford Airport so that Surrey can have access to an international airport. This would bring in business development from the rest of the country and other parts of the world.
Coloured sidewalks, or crosswalks? I don’t think the tax payers money should be sent in such a way. Does this not cost $10,000 each crosswalk? We could put this into other programs that bring in more bang for your buck in ways to bring the city together and bring culture into our lives.
I believe getting rid of the RCMP would be dangerous, The transition period between the two police forces could cause havoc. Beside all the grass routes programs that are in place would be lost and how detrimental would this be. I strongly think we need a Police, Public, Oversight Comity so we have more say in how the RCMP is run, how many Police would be on the streets, where to be placed, how long they would be based in our City. We need more say in how the operations would be to keep our city safer.
Of course having lost my Husband to a robbery in Cloverdale makes safety and security my number one issue. Bringing in youth mentorship programs is also top of list, lets get the next generation of Surrey’s children a better place to grow up with more options for success.
As an Independent my voice is the people voice.
Democracy is best served when their is a balance of power. Not one party should be able to run a government, a voice or two of different opinions is valuable and necessary for keeping things and people in check. Having a voice that represents more the people than a Party is in my mind essential to a Great Government.
Questions from Mrs D
The Canadian Government is considering giving municipalities the ability to ban guns.
Would you vote in favor of banning guns in Surrey?
Thanks for your time.
Pierre Fauchon, Surrey
As the municipal election draws nearer I am reaching out the candidates to better understand their position on important issues to me.
-In a recent climate report written by the UN, the world’s leading climate scientists warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. What do you plan to do to make significant changes, locally, during your time in office?
-Conservation of the environment and wildlife are extremely important to me, but with many people choosing to move to Surrey there has, and continues to be, significant urban development. What are the ways in which you will make the environment and wildlife preservation a priority?
-Canada currently has some of the WORST animal protection laws in the western world. Cosmetic testing, fur and factory farming just to name a few. What is your stance on animal rights and welfare? How will you be the voice of the voiceless and transform the laws?
I look forward to your response,