The North Delta Reporter sent candidates for councillor a list of eight questions to gauge their positions on some of the major issues in the 2018 civic election campaign. We gave candidates a limit of 400 words total to answer. Here’s what Team Delta candidate Joan Hansen had to say:
(Note, all candidates’ answers have been edited for length, clarity and to conform with Canadian Press style, as required.)
1) Why are you running for council?
To lend my skills to this wonderful city.
2) What in your opinion are the top issues facing the City of Delta and how do you plan to address them?
The tunnel and need to continue to lobby to have a replacement of some sort ASAP.
3) What is your plan for addressing the need for affordable and rental housing in Delta, especially as it relates to medium- and high-density developments/highrises in North Delta?
Working with developers to have them include rentals in future developments.
4) What is your stance on cannabis production and retail sales in Delta?
Not in favour, but will follow federal and provincial rules.
5) A number of Delta’s recreation facilities are in need of upgrading or replacement. Which projects do you think are important to tackle first, and where will you find the money to pay for them?
Need to look at the budget once elected, with details from parks and rec. Track in North Delta for sure, and upgrade to Winskill pool.
6) A new Casino will soon be built at the site of the Delta Town & Country Inn, bringing the city an estimated $1.5 million and $3 million in revenue. How do you think that money should best be spent, and how do you plan to mitigate the casino’s impact on the community?
Use money for attracting more GPs, and to [upgrade] recreation facilities.
7) Last year mayor and council voted to give outgoing elected officials a “Council Service Benefit” (commonly referred to as a “golden handshake”) to compensate them for not being eligible to join the city’s pension plan. Do you support this end-of-service benefit and do you agree with the decision to backdate it 12 years?
Some benefit going forward could be arranged for all future councils. Deductions perhaps from current payments. Should not go back 12 years.
8) The previous mayor and council advocated for a 10-lane bridge to replace the aging tunnel George Massey Tunnel. That is your preferred replacement option (or do you think it even needs replacing), and why?
Yes, it needs fixing. I personally like the bridge option, but will go with whatever is decided … just decide.
(No time for long answers. Too busy.)
The civic election takes place on Saturday, Oct. 20.