If elected as mayor I would bring the following mandate to Tofino:
o- There shall be an open communication between council and the electorate. There shall be a monthly newsletter provided to the media and published on the website outlining progress, plans, challenges faced, and so forth.
o- Council meetings shall be held in open council subject to the scrutiny of the electorate, save where prohibited by legislation. Closed meetings shall become the exception rather than the norm. We would revert to the 3 L's (labor, legal & land) exclusively in-camera.
o- I shall strive to make decisions based on good economic common sense. There shall not be deferral to so called experts except when the skills do not exist in the community. I do not believe in OPM (other peoples money) and will strive to spend taxpayers money as frugally as possible.
o- I have no hidden agenda, and no further political aspirations, I simply want to improve the village I live in, and live within our means. I want Tofino off of the list of most spendful municipalities, we are currently in 23rd place in B.C. This is not where we should be.
o- I will volunteer my time if elected, and shall not accept any regular wages for being mayor or sitting on committees. This shall not be volunteering as done by Bob Long at the Olympics. My wages can go directly to fixing infrastructure, potholes, firehall etc.
o- I would strive to enable a portfolio system whereby each councilor would be responsible for a certain aspect of the district i.e. Water, Sewer, Parks and Rec etc.
o- I would eliminate the hourglass that we have been suffering under since Bob Long's arrival. This would not be intended to micro manage staff, but to have open and honest dialogue between council, management and staff.
o- I would ensure that the CAO is steered by council not the other way round.
o- I would challenge other candidates for mayor and current councilors to review their promises to Tofino, renew their vows, and govern accordingly.
o- RMI spending shall be open and transparent with public input. No pet projects.
o- Due to prior commitments I will be away from Jan 3-Feb 4. I had no idea that I would be a candidate when this commitment was made, almost a year ago. My sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. I have no knowledge of any all candidates meetings, but would be happy to respond to written questions.