The following questionnaire was sent to all New Westminster candidates for mayor and council a little over a week ago. A separate questionnaire was sent to trustees (their responses are also being published this week). Questions were selected based primarily on comments from readers of Tenth to the Fraser collected via Twitter and Facebook, with a few of my own questions added in. Responses are published in the order they were received. Spelling/grammar are not corrected and candidates’ responses are published unedited.
1. First, let’s hear a little about you:
- What’s your name? – Gerry Liu
- How long have you lived in New Westminster? – Born and raised in Sapperton 50 yrs
- What do you love most about our city? – Centralization and its tight knit community feeling
- What do you think most needs improvement? – Communication, Planning & Transparency
- What is the civic issue that is the most personally meaningful to you? – Incinerator I am opposed we could use that property for business development
2. What are the top three initiatives you believe would improve economic development?
- Small business incubation and support
- Attracting more big companies to New West
- Funding marketing campaigns to draw shoppers and tourists to New West
3. How would you like to see city council improve engagement with younger citizens?
Encourage our young citizens to get involved with the various committees and participate in the many community charity organizations. also to have the young adults to listen and ask questions to the candidates and to make a family discussion on who to select
4. What should New Westminster do to improve access to recreational programming and indoor public spaces in neighbourhoods that lack amenities like rec centres and libraries such as the West End, Connaught Heights and Sapperton?
I would like to see the Residence Associations have some volunteers to take on the roll of monitoring the school amenities I do realize there is a liability issue and I would like to see that the city take on the liability for the residence association. this should help build the association to get other residence involved like in the old days
5. Which approach best describes your philosophy towards City budgeting and spending?
New West should take advantage of funding offered from other sources (federal, provincial, developers, etc.) in order to fund important community & infrastructure improvements – even if it means having to borrow to pay for our share of a project
6. Which of the following most closely reflects your views on taxation?
Taxes are about right. New Westminster’s level of taxation is appropriate for its size and the level of services provided to citizens. Current revenues are adequate and we don’t need to raise taxes.
7. Beyond voting, serving on City committees and appearing at council meetings, what do you think citizens can do to become more involved in civic life?
get in volved with the residence association, pacs, and business improvements assoc.
8. What should be done about truck traffic through our city?
this is a really tough question, under the master transportation plan, perhaps time restrain, designated routes, or as crazy build tunnels for the trucks only to pass through the city to do drop offs and pick ups. Still researching to see other alternatives.
9. What should be done to improve our recreation facilities? Specifically, what would you like to see done with Canada Games Pool, which is in need of repair/upgrades?
this is a good time to look at a state of the art community center, have a new canada games pool, 2 ice rinks , a large gym with 2 dividing walls, lines on the floor for multi use sports, basketball hoops, badminton, table tennis, 2 indoor tennis courts, a 3 lane indoor track, 1 racquetball court, 2 squash courts, weights,stationary bikes, treadmills, step machines, and water park, ammenites rooms.
10. Let’s conclude with some ‘blue sky’ thinking. What is one big-idea project or improvement that you would propose for New Westminster if cost was no object?
all from question 9 and also add curling rink, indoor soccor field, and last but not lease a restraunt family of course