In my day job I cover some politics, but that coverage is based on what’s of interest to the general public and makes sense in the context of a regional radio show. There isn’t room to delve into interviews with every candidate.
This is where I get into the stuff that’s of interest to me. Maybe only of interest to me. So be it.
I’m going to email the following to all the candidates for mayor and council in Prince George.
I will not be saying one way or another how I feel about the answers I receive. I am simply asking questions. That is what I do in my day job and that is what I will do here. I will share the answers prior to the election. Feel free to use the information provided to make your own decisions, but don’t feel obligated to.
Thank you for putting your name forward to help lead the city for the next four years. Some of you may know me as a local journalist. Please understand that I am not contacting you as part of my job. I have written these questions in my time off, out of my own interest.
I will be publishing the answers on my personal website. I am doing this so that if other people are interested in the answers they will be able to find them. Sometimes my personal website is cited by other media. It is publicly accessible.
Below are ten questions that I am interested in the answer to. Please answer as best you can. I appreciate succinctness and plain language. If you have written about a subject elsewhere, feel free to provide a link. I will place the link on my website.
I plan to compile the answers I receive and put them up on Wednesday, November 12. I will then put up the rest of the answers as I receive them, up until November 14 at 5 pm.
If you require clarification on any of my questions, please let me know. Again, succinctness is appreciated.
Thank you for your time.
Questions for Candidates
1. What, if anything, would you do to promote bicycling and transit use in the city?
2. Would you rather see small, community parks throughout the city or larger, destination parks in a few centralized locations?
3. You, personally, support a change to the official community plan for a new development or project. Exactly half of the residents in the affected neighbourhood write letters opposing the change. Do you vote for or against the change?
4. What, if anything, would you do to promote the presence of the Lheidli T’enneh culture and history in the city?
5. The language used in city documents – bylaws, official notices, etc – is often difficult to understand. What, if anything, would you do to address this?
6. How do you feel about new subdivisions being created in Blackburn, the Hart, University Way and other non-bowl parts of the city?
7. Where do you stand on breed-specific legislation?
8. What is your favourite book?
9. What is you favourite album?
10. If you were given a grant to bring any event to the city, what would it be? This could be a conference, concert, convention, tournament, or any other event.
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