303 Parent Avenue, Windsor, Ontario, N9A 2B7
2022 Windsor Election Rose City Politics Candidate Questionnaire answers:
1. What is your prior political experience?
I have no prior political experience; However, having experience in many leadership roles, I do possess a very diverse skillset that would translate well into the political world.
2. Why are you running?
I am running for mayor for many reasons. The violation of Canadian citizens fundamental rights and freedoms is what gave me the most motivation, as I intend to end every attack on them. I can no longer sit idly by while people wrongfully lose their businesses and livelihoods, unjustly. I was disturbed by our cities use of force on our own citizens who were practising their right to peacefully protest and the inability of our leaders to try and communicate or compromise with our citizens before calling on state of emergency efforts. I’m running because I find it absurd that our education system continues to be the victim of constant funding cuts. I’m running because I have always felt there isn’t anyone, I relate to running for mayor and if no one will step up and be that, I will have to be that myself. I’m running because I’m not afraid of hard work and sacrifice. I’m running because I myself was a victim of a senseless violent hate crime attack downtown, in a known for violent crime area and felt I was treated like a second-class citizen throughout the legal process and wasn’t satisfied with the justice systems handling of my situation. I’m running because of the city’s response to these escalating crimes. I’m running because it seems like reporting traffic concerns often go unheard by our citizens and I’m tired of them not being treated serious. I’m running because I’m tired of our government saying they don’t have a hundred thousand for this, then turn around and spend a million on lights. I’m running because our seniors in long-term care facilities need help, I’m running because I’m tired of complaining about things, I’m running for change, I’m running because I know and respect a lot of hardworking people in this city and I believe if we come together, we can be the greatest little town on the planet.
3. What do you do currently for a living?
I am currently a School Bus driver.
4. What is the biggest issue affecting the ward you are running for?
The biggest issue affecting the ward I live in might be considered a tie between the substance addicted, mental health sufferers and our traffic controlling systems in our neighborhoods. It’s also difficult to point at one thing like it is bigger than the next since I feel that it all is connected. People who suffer mental problems often do going through the system. Inflation leads to debt, debt into homelessness, homelessness often to drug addiction and drug addiction often to mental health struggles. Like everything, to eliminate the problem you have to eliminate it at the root. The traffic issue is just poor and too many lives are being jeopardized by not acting on our citizens concerns.
5. What is the biggest issue affecting the city of Windsor?
In my opinion, The biggest issue effecting the City of Windsor is the violation of people’s fundamental rights and freedoms. Any threat to our Charter of rights should always be at the top of our concerns since our country is built on those rights and without those rights, how can we be Canadian? It is every Canadian citizens duty to protect those rights and our present government was responsible for violating many of those rights. Many of those violations have caused irreversible damage to too many of our Windsor residents. November is quickly approaching so may that time remind us what it is to be Canadian and why our charter of rights is so important, so much so that many people gave their lives to honor uphold and defend it.
6. Are you seeking any endorsements?
I am not currently seeking any endorsements; I’m only trying to be as transparent as possible and if I get endorsements then I will be very appreciative of them.
7. Have you received any endorsements?
I have not received any endorsements, however I haven’t fully started my campaign, since I have a very strategic timeline I’m attempting to follow.
8. Will you continue the “hold the line on taxes” policy?
Coming from Edmonton Alberta where the taxes are 5%, I’m comfortable with holding the line on taxes , I would be more content if I can someday be responsible for lowering the taxes, but I won’t get too ahead of myself.
9. Do you support the mega-hospital location?
I am not a fan of the new hospital location, However some things you must adapt to. Maybe it will give the city more motivation to upgrade our transit system. If we build or update our inner cities health services to the extent that our inner city is well taken care of, that issue could possibly fade away, leaving the mega hospital to focus on more specialized services.
10. Do you support strong mayor legislation?
I am neutral on the Strong mayor legislation since I feel either in the strong or weak system, I would be very receptive to the advice and input of city council, especially since inclusion is extremely important to our democracy. Working together on the issues is key and will take the efforts of all to be the most productive in our ventures to better the conditions of our city.
11. Should the city use taxpayers dollars to bring jobs to the area?
To me it depends, Like any other decision you’d have to weigh the risks and rewards to determine if it’s a smart investment or not. Some say you have to spend money to make money. As long as you’re spending money on assets and not liabilities, I don’t see the problem with it.
12. If you are running in a ward with an incumbent who is also running, why is change necessary, and why are you the person to deliver it?
13. How many hours per week do you plan to allocate towards council business if elected?
I’m planning to allocate as many hours as possible per week towards council business if elected, even if I’m the only one putting in the hours.
14. Do you live in the ward you are running for?
15. What agencies, boards, or committees do/have you served on, and in what capacity?
Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to sit on any boards or committees, I only have an extensive volunteer history doing my part to help with their causes by attending and assisting at their events. I’ve donated my graphic design work for some local grass root initiatives such as the Bloomfield House and the Coalition for justice and equality.
16. What person, animal or fictional character should be Windsor’s unofficial mascot?
Windsor’s unofficial Mascot should be the Canadian Goose