Candidates in the Sept. 30 Kamloops civic by-election are invited to make submissions to ArmchairMayor.ca on their platforms, biographical information, contact information or specific issues. Please keep them to 550 words or less. The following is from candidate for mayor Stu Holland.
I have lived in Kamloops for five years and I want to be a part of the change that is needed for the city of Kamloops. I really want to work with a council that works as a team for ALL citizens of the city.
I do not belong to any federal or provincial parties. I am running as an independent because I feel that Kamloops needs someone who will bring a common-sense approach to city hall.
I feel that it is imperative to bring fiscal responsibility back to city council. Frivolous spending needs to stop. For example, why spend money on purchasing a building in the downtown core, just to level it for parking. Of course, we need parking, but certainly we could have found a cheaper alternative. And certainly, we could have used the building for an appropriate project.
Some say it is political suicide to support AJAX! I support jobs and economic growth in our city which is why I support the project. As mayor and council, we need to be ready for when the project starts up, embrace it, and ensure that Kamloops reaps all the benefits that a project like this can offer. We need to make sure Kamloops residents are working there, as well as keeping the environmental impact at a minimum on our beautiful city.
We must let small and large industry know Kamloops is open for business, not just for tournaments. We have multiple opportunities in Kamloops that we can revive or build to ensure continued growth.
In terms of social responsibility, I want to exclude pay parking for patients at Royal Inland Hospital. Having sick people pay for parking at the hospital is simply putting a tax on the sick. This is where we should be helping, not hindering.
Furthermore, we need to work together to eliminate homelessness in our city. It is critical to work with stakeholders and all levels of government to ensure continued conversations, to help house those people who are homeless. As I told some young women living on the streets, I won’t leave you behind.
I am for building up our renewable energy services like installing wind farms. This could be a great resource for our city. As well, I want to review moving the sewage treatment plant off the banks of the Thompson River before we are hit with a flood that could create a major disaster, pollution, and harm not only the salmon run, but the same water where Kamloops draws its drinking water from.
I am all about talking and working for the people. I want to represent the citizens of Kamloops.
Qualifications for Mayor: I have my PhD in life!