1) What can Brockton do to promote economic growth and youth retention?
We must continue to work towards building a natural gas expansion to our rural communities. This will provide economic benefits to our residents and allow our communities to be attractive to investors. It would also be beneficial to service new portions of the Business Park to make more land available to potential investors. In regards to youth retention we must ensure there are adequate job opportunities. Further we have to continue to maintain our high quality services such as health services, recreation opportunities, and schools so that Brockton is a place where our youth would want to settle down after university or college.
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?
Our Municipality should definitely be providing the same services in our rural communities as received in Walkerton. We must improve snow clearing of sidewalks during the winter months. Further we must properly maintain infrastructure such as bridges, roads, and sidewalks in all of Brockton to ensure our Municipality is accessible to all residents. All residents pay taxes so in terms of cost the Municipality can afford to be providing similar expected services to our rural communities. We must continue to work to ensure all our residents are receiving the services they require.
3) Would you support allowing a cannabis retail operation to set up shop in Brockton?
De-criminalization of marijuana is coming. The Municipality will need to set up regulations and standards for use within our communities. Marijuana will be available for purchase from the Ontario Government through their on-line store and will be delivered through Canada Post. The Municipality needs to hear from residents about what they would like Council to do in regard to allowing or not allowing businesses to sell within the Municipality. If Brockton does allow businesses to set up in the Municipality then we can control where they set up and how far they must be from certain locations (ie. schools, hospital, etc).