A sustainable community goes beyond economic growth and development to include a responsible approach to safeguarding our environment, including clean water, clean air, our safe and well maintained green spaces, state-of-the-art waste disposal, and leading-edge strategies on dealing with climate change.
Protecting Our Environment
As a member of Thunder Bay’s EarthCare Committee I was pleased to have attended the Blue Dot workshop at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities AGM on July of 2016 in Edmonton and brought a resolution to Council for a Memorandum of Agreement for the protection of safe water and clean air, which was approved unanimously.
As your Member of Parliament, I would continue protecting our environment by making it easier for Canadians to participate in the diversion of recycling products to our landfill site. Our riding is still below many other cities and there is no reason why we cannot do it as well and increase our recycling program participation.
A Real Plan to Protect the Environment
Conservatives have a proud legacy when it comes to managing Canada’s natural environment and improving Canada’s environmental performance. We created the national parks system, negotiated the Canada-US acid rain treaty, brought in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, and much more.
We will conserve our environment for future generations, protect our children from the effects of climate change, and make a real impact on global emissions reduction.
This plan is built on our proud Conservative legacy and is based on three guiding principles:
- Green technology, not taxes is the best way to lower Canada’s emissions.
- We will work with farmers, hunters and anglers, Indigenous peoples, provinces, and territories to promote a cleaner and greener natural environment to protect our air, land, water and wildlife.
- Greenhouse gas emissions do not recognize borders. Canada has a leadership role to play and we must take our fight against climate change global.
Our plan will reduce global emissions without imposing a carbon tax and is Canada’s best chance to meet the Paris targets. We will balance the need to fight climate change by lowering emissions with our core promise of leaving more money in Canadians’ pockets and letting them get ahead.
The full plan is available online at ARealPlan.ca.
Smart Region Approach through Innovation and Technology
My sustainable community program include becoming a “Smart Region” through the people-centric use of new technology and innovative practices including the expansion of hot zones across the Thunder Bay—Superior North riding (including parks) where people can use their laptops, and ensuring that the latest technology is available to all communities in our riding.
High speed Internet access for remote and rural areas of Northern Ontario is an essential service that we are committed to in improving everyone’s quality of life through better access to health, social, educational and economic opportunities.
Arts, Culture and Film Industry
Another key area of interest to many of our fellow citizens is the progressive growth of the arts and culture including a film industry in our riding. I have already worked diligently in this regard by initiating a business plan review for taking advantage of the great opportunities present in this new sector of our economy.
Arts & Conference Center in the Entertainment District
One area that has garnered a lot of interest, was my proposal to re-purpose the Eaton’s building into an Arts and Conference Center. This would be a win-win solution for our city and region as it would build on the already successful arts and culture and entertainment sector of the waterfront, as well as the Bay and Algoma district. It would ensure the type of infilling that would lower the cost of service delivery for the city and enhance the quality of life through synergies for private/public sector partnerships and a healthy, sustainable and vibrant community.
Please stay tuned for more innovative initiatives that I will present during the campaign and add to this page.