Del McIntee is a candidate for Ward 5 Councillor in the 2014 Oakville Municipal Elections.
Oakville.com: What are the platform issues that you are addressing?
The main issue is the development taking place here in Oakville. My reason for running for the office of Town Councillor is because we are never being consulted about any issue or development taking place here. There is a complete void. Because of the increased population there are already serious traffic flow problems and parking restrictions. Eventually there is going to be a problem with safety in our part of Oakville. The Town needs a council with councillors who will be more involved with the people who live here to review the actual development taking place, call meetings occasionally with Town staff and give the people here the chance to help decide what Oakville should look like. Most people feel helpless about what is taking place and are telling me that only the most affluent will be able to live here.
Now, we also need attention to jobs. The Canadian economy is not going to be growing fast over the next few years so the Town of Oakville needs help in creating more jobs and providing the business climate that will attract businesses. This is going to require Council to get behind Town staff and find some solutions. We must ensure that the employment lands remain. Since my background is business development I will offer my help to the Town and staff to help prospect companies in an attempt to bring some new business to Oakville and hopefully our Ward.
Traffic circulation throughout our part of Oakville is a big problem. The entire situation really needs to be reviewed. Some people are advising me that four way stops should be urgently considered and others want to see more police enforcement. There is also anger from those residing along 6th Line about the new lines put in place. If I am elected the next Ward Councillor I am going to work hard on this and bring those people most affected into the discussions.
The need for more direct public transit certainly comes up but it will not be easy to develop a system which allows direct access to various parts of the Town. We obviously need a new planning approach. This is also an issue where people in our Ward should have some direct input.
Oakville.com: What do voters need to know that will compel them to vote for YOU?
People in our Ward should consider voting for me because I intend to be a public servant. The Ward needs some changes and I would continue to keep meeting them at their doors to help determine if there is a municipal priority that requires action. I have no interest in using a place on Council to run for another higher office. I am also not spending thousands of dollars compared to other candidates and prefer to meet voters at the doors. I also have direct experience. I once worked for a senior Toronto City Councillor. I understand what this job is really all about. I helped get results at the Ward level and we enjoyed a very successful re-election campaign.
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