1) What can Brockton do to promote economic growth and youth retention?
Through recreation, we have a tremendous opportunity to encourage and entice youth to stay here and young families to move here. With the right programs and facilities in place, it will attract businesses and new entrepreneurs to set up shop in Brockton, both in rural and urban communities; thus expanding our economic development. Companies like Bruce Power and 7 Acres are creating jobs every day and will continue to do so in the years to come. We need to take advantage of these job opportunities as a municipality and encourage people to live here and invest in our local economy.
2) Should Brockton provide the same services in its rural villages and hamlets as it does in Walkerton? (sidewalk snow clearing, flowers along the main street etc.) If so can Brockton afford this cost?
Absolutely! The question should be why are rural villages and hamlets not receiving the same services as Walkerton? Residents in these communities pay the same taxes and in some cases more and deserve equal treatment in this amalgamated municipality. There is no reason Brockton cannot afford this as we already own the equipment and we have the staff in place to deliver these services. There are areas in our budget that I believe can be reallocated to make this happen.
3) Would you support allowing a cannabis retail operation to set up shop in Brockton?
Ultimately I would encourage our residents to voice their opinions on this topic. There is still a lot to learn about the cannabis retail business; not just for us as a potential council but for our residents and the municipality’s legal obligations. Personally, I would support a cannabis retail business in Brockton. We have allowed too many businesses to open in neighbouring municipalities and I feel we would lose out once again on the opportunity for residents to shop local.