Our Economic Recovery
Supporting Jobs and Businesses
The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Calgary. That spirit is key to creating jobs and lifting us out of our economic slump. To create jobs and to stimulate business growth in all sectors, I would propose that we:
- Simplify and reduce red-tape throughout the business license application and renewal process.
- Reduce and maintain a lowered non-residential municipal tax rate.
By implementing these measures, we will create a viable environment, that is sustainable and predictable, to instill confidence in those considering Calgary as a place to invest and call home for businesses of every type and size.
Under current economic conditions, residents are hurting, and I have heard you. It is imperative that we:
- Implement responsible taxation practices.
- Eliminate wasteful spending.
- Provide tax relief.
We do not have to choose between fiscal responsibility and our important services and infrastructure. It is possible to have both without having to raise taxes. I would propose, through an independent audit of all departments, that systemic waste and mis-spent taxpayer dollars be identified and redirected to frontline services, infrastructure, and tax relief. It is unconscionable to ask for more of your hard-earned money before achieving greater value for the tax dollars you already pay.
Our Ward 2 Communities
Supporting Community Associations
As your Ward 2 councillor, I would work diligently with Community Associations to make our communities even better places to live, work, play, and thrive. I would fight to:
- Expedite projects such as parks, green spaces, and recreational facilities.
- Develop accessible and inclusive spaces in our communities that bring people together and provide a better quality of life.
- Make city-owned spaces in our communities more aesthetically pleasing.
Community Safety and Crime Prevention
The need to proactively address safety and crime in our communities has never been greater. My voice in council would pursue more law enforcement presence in our communities that will:
- Reduce opportunities for car prowling, porch piracy, and property thefts.
- Instill better driving habits.
- Reduce the number of near misses in crosswalks.
It should never take a serious incident or loss of life to initiate action.
People’s time is valuable, and 2 hours to travel on transit is excessive. I would advocate for:
- Reliable and time-saving public transit routes that connect our communities to other parts of the city.
- Federal and Provincial funding to expedite construction of the Green Line, and create bus routes that service the nearest C-Train station.