The Future of Thunder Bay will be Built on a Solid Foundation
During my 11 years as a City Councillor, and through my work with many volunteer organizations, I’ve highlighted the strengths of our community, much to the credit of many organizations and people who also share my passion to create a brighter future for our citizens. This brighter future is now within reach as we will be building it on a solid foundation of a:
- Better Economy
- Better Run City
- A Stronger and Safer Community
that are the key priorities of my plan for a better Thunder Bay and the kind of city we can all be proud of calling home.
Making Thunder Bay One of the Most Livable Cities in Canada
I have analyzed our current state of affairs, taking into consideration the concerns and priorities of the many people I have talked with during the last 4 years and throughout this campaign and have taken action in many ways that are fully explained in this web site. In fact, it is no coincidence that our city has improved its ranking from the Top 50% “Most Livable City in Canada” in 2014 (109 in 2014 out of 208 cities across the country) to the top 25% in 2017. To view the full report please click on the link:
Economic and Social Opportunities for Middle Class Families
Thunder Bay prides itself for its giant heart, but there are still too many people using food banks, and we need to start looking at the fundamental reasons why we still have so many not being able to provide to their basic needs. My plan looks at building our city ‘s social infrastructure and through a better coordination of resources from all three orders of government. I have had many discussions and collaboration with our MPs and MPPs and we are well poised for a new level of collaboration to ensure that Middle Classes needs are first and foremost in the minds of decision makers.
The Ring of Fire has been so hyped by our politicians that now cynicism accompanies every new announcement, even thought there are many mines in Northwestern Ontario already in production and more coming on stream over the next 10 years. These emerging job opportunities will not be realized unless we have our workforce ready and able to fill these skilled positions. Please check the North Superior Workforce Planning Board web site www.nswpb.ca where I have been a director on the board and the Co-Chair of Business for two terms, to get a better idea about my involvement with the board and key community partners in the region, in developing our workforce and helping create good paying jobs on which to raise a family.
Leadership and Vision
In many of the articles I wrote for local and regional media over the years, I have also explained why leadership and vision is needed, primarily to ensure that Thunder Bay shares in the rest of the province’s growth and prosperity, and gives all our people, genuine hope for the future.
As a result of these consultations with the people of Thunder Bay, one clear picture emerges and that is the need for a new sense of direction and a comprehensive plan to guide our City into a prosperous and rewarding future, a plan that has clear, achievable and measurable objectives so that you, the taxpayers, will have a way to determine the success and accountability of your leaders.
This plan needs to ensure that this city and region starts really moving forward. Thunder Bay has an exciting future, and the time has come to AWAKEN this giant potential and realize that we CAN be one of the best cities in North America.
I thank you for your support on election day October 22. Your vote will allow me to win the position of Mayor and continue the fight for middle class families.