Candidates for Mayor:
"I am concerned about the high cost of administrative personnel at the municipal level and the redundant nature of the positions available in each Municipality. We must reduce the amount of monies paid in our Municipality and cut back on the expenses of duplication of service. Within these redundant offices, we can find an entity I will call the empire builder. I am also very concerned about these empire builders and their ability to abuse a system called the DA, otherwise known as Designated Accounts. These funds, in general, if not used completely at year end, will be reduced in the next fiscal year. These Designated Accounts exist at all levels of government, be it Municipal, Provincial or Federal. The managers of these DA's spend all the money that is left at fiscal year end, so they can get the same funding for their department (empire) the next year. We are entering a time in our history in which waste like this is no longer acceptable. My clients in Future Shop call it March madness. I think it's just plain madness." - July 14, 2014 (candidate website)
"The response from Council regarding the issue of the question was that at the time Esquimalt and the Council had many significant issues to deal with and staff resources were stretched due to these issues, the sewage process being the greatest load. The concern about the uniformity of a question for uniformity of understanding response was also raised. As Mayor of the Township I am always willing to look at this issue should the general public of Esquimalt bring this forward as an issue for us to do further study of. To date this has not been the case. Esquimalt has felt the pressure of other communities' decisions on significant fronts and to date there has not been resolution of one of these issues to satisfy the feeling for residents that respect for each area would be the case and that the local issues would be heard with amalgamation." - July 15, 2014
Read Barb's response to the Amalgamation Yes Questionnaire.
Read John's response to the Amalgamation Yes Questionnaire
Candidates for Council (6 seats)
Read Meagan's response to the Amalgamation Yes Questionnaire
Read Lynda's response to the Amalgamation Yes Questionnaire
"I am in favour of including a non-binding referendum question asking the people of Esquimalt if they wish to pursue options for improving regional coordination, up to and including possible amalgamation."- August 28, 2014
Read Susan's response to the Amalgamation Yes Questionnaire.
"For the record, this request was dealt with already by Esquimalt Council several weeks ago. Like other municipalities, we didn't receive any public desire to make it a referendum question. As a result, we opted not to put it on the 2014 ballot. With all the tremendous hassles our community has experienced regarding the CRD sewage plan and only our local autonomy to legally protect us, it is perhaps the worst possible time to be advocating amalgamation over autonomy to our community." (Facebook) - June 16, 2014
"Esquimalt has also agreed to consider the question at our next Council meeting." - September 3, 2014
Read Brenda's response to the Amalgamation Yes Questionnaire