Having lived under varying forms of authoritarian regimes, I revere democracy. I am an advocate of open government and public consultation. At its essence, this is remembering who we work for, who pays our wages and to whom we must answer. I will be accountable to the people of Maple Ridge.
I believe that elected officials serve their constituents best when they are fully informed—when they come to the table not to advance their own agendas, but to listen carefully to all sides before forming opinions, and before casting their votes. In promoting public consultation, I advocate for clear communication and encourage user-friendly systems to gather residents’ input on issues that affect their pocketbooks and matter to them. I also support open meetings and a release of council voting records to ensure transparency and that Councillors are accountable to those they serve.