Spending At City Hall
We can’t know everything for sure until an audit is done but one thing is crystal clear, salaries compared to the private sector are out of line. There are way too many managers making way too much money who will collect pensions that cost way too much money, a potential burden for coming generations.
Single most important social issue
Housing is the biggest problem in our City for all ages. It makes no difference whether you rent or own, prices are way beyond the reach of low income earners. The average Kelowna family earns a collective $75,000 which makes owning a single family home difficult. Local governments and developers must work together to solve this problem. City owned land could be used to keep prices down, with the land remaining under taxpayer ownership, much like many of the lease land developments already existing in Kelowna.
Conference Board of Canada Report
First of all, how a community feels to a newcomer is personal and depends on a lot of factors, especially why you moved here in the first place. Because we are a tourist destination and the choice of some very wealthy people who have second homes here, it does change the complexion of our City. My experience Is that Kelowna is comparable to Victoria in that sense, both beautiful Cities, unique in every way. Perhaps we could put more emphasis on finding out how people truly feel about Kelowna and set about changing the negative reactions. There’s always a better way.
Dealing with conflict
As a Minister conflict was almost a daily occurance, particularly in the Womens portion of my portfolio. Women are no more alike than day and night are, and the differences can be pretty intense. I think I handled that Ministry well even if I do say so myself, lots of conflict, but lots of rewards when you finally are able to bring people together to pursue a common goal.
A personal desire to “make a difference”led me to public service to begin with. My background made me truly want to make others lives easier, to assist families and children in poverty and violence. Caring for the world we live and particularly the community we all live in is just part of my character, plus I am not afraid to make tough decisions and always say out loud what I am thinking. Voters have a right to know who you are.