1) Yes or No: Should Meaford allow bricks-and-mortar marijuana shops to operate in its boundaries? Why?
Yes. Marijuana sales are now legal and therefore those who wish to legally sell it have every right to set up a storefront operation. However I would control where such establishments could set up, requiring a minimum distance from schools, parks, community centres, etc., anywhere minors congregate.
2) Yes or No: Should the municipality invest more into infrastructure and roads maintenance, even if it creates more expense for ratepayers? Why?
Yes. There are very few things that a Municipality absolutely has to do, maintain roads and bridges is a big one. We need to fix our roads and bridges. We need to maintain them. Business requires it. Safety requires it. And quite frankly pride requires it. As for extra expenses, I think it's a matter of priorities – given how much we pay in taxes, we should be able to find the funds to plow snow and maintain our infrastructures appropriately. Plus there are already added expenses for many citizens in vehicle repair and loss of business.
3) Yes or No: Should Meaford hire a Chief Administrative Officer or continue with the model in place since the departure of the past CAO? Why?
No and no again. I do not believe the Municipality of Meaford needs a CAO period. We have not been well served by CAOs in the past and the size of our community simply does not justify the expense. I prefer the model where heads of department report directly to Council. I think this makes Council more accountable to the citizens it is supposed to represent and provides more ability to oversee the operations of the Municipality.
4) What is one other issue facing Meaford you would like to speak to, and how will you address this if elected?:
I am running on bringing back heart to Council. I know people feel ignored by the current Council and Administration and think that there is no accountability. This has to change. I will work to bring back the Public Advisory Committees and I will make sure that the people of our Municipality are listened to. I believe in the right and the necessity of public input. And in making Council accountable for its actions. After all, Council is here to serve.