ELECTION 2016

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October 25, 2016 12:00 AM

Laurie Makichuk

Coun. candidates cont.

(ED. note: We inadvertently forgot to include municipal councillor candidate Laurie Makichuk. The omission was unintentional and the Source apologizes for the error.)
We gave all the municipal candidates the same five questions, which they were free to answer in the fashion they chose.
The questions are:
1. What do you see as the biggest election
issue, and how will you address it?
2. What do you bring to the table, re:
experience, etc.
3. If elected, what will your spending
priorities be?
4. Lloydminster seems to be the awkward
inconvenient child of Alberta and
Saskatchewan. What would you
do to break down that border so Lloyd
gets its share of provincial money?
5. The last election saw an abysmal
11 per cent of us turn out to vote.
How are you running your campaign to
get more people out to the polls,
especially the younger voters?
We asked the candidates to keep their answers concise.
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1. I believe our citizens are very disappointed with city spending, as well as the lack of transparency and accountability.  As a councillor I will insure my decisions will be fiscally responsible, grounded in knowledge, and prioritized based on needs.
2. Serving the community as an elected school board trustee for the past 20 years has prepared me for the challenges associated with a position on city council.  My proven record of success in public leadership is demonstrated on new building projects, re-organizing of management, and implementing policies and procedures. The opportunity to develop professional relationships with other public officials at the municipal and provincial levels has resulted in an open line of communication.  I have worked closely with past and present city officials, our MLAs, minsters of educations and the premier of Saskatchewan.  This will be a great asset as your representative on city council.
3. Spending would be limited until the new mayor and council has time to discuss and set goals for our city.
4. Firstly, I definitely do not agree with the statement of being an “awkward, inconvenient child of Alberta and Saskatchewan.” On the contrary, we are fortunate to have both provinces supporting our city and its charter. We, the people of Lloydminster, just need to know how to make the delivery to our citizens seamless. I understand that it is a little challenging at times, but it is doable. We are stronger and have more opportunity because of it. 
5. Engaging the young voters through social media has proven to be an effective strategy. I continue to update and encourage people to share my Facebook page. I have reached out to members of the community using the following resources:  door knocking, visiting local businesses, signage, and handing out information pamphlets.  I want to let the people know that I personally value their time and I want them to be aware of the importance of voting. People should know that casting a vote is empowering and it allows their voice to be heard. Furthermore, The candidates Forum is a great opportunity to hear what all prospective candidates have to say.

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