Port Alberni mayoral candidate Jacques Savard.

Profile: Port Alberni mayoral candidate Jacques Savard

City of Port Alberni: Jacques Savard - Mayoral candidate

  • Oct. 22, 2014 3:00 p.m.

Selflessness will be the hallmark of my public service to the community of Port Alberni.

Over the last 34 years, I have witnessed a steady decline in quality of life for valley residents and the erosion of citizens’ rights.

The source for most of Port Alberni’s woes can be traced directly to our secretive city hall making backroom deals not in the best interest of residents.

For example, recent changes made to the wording on the non-binding referendum for a 10th Avenue Bridge over Roger Creek by city council are clearly a last-minute manipulation of the electorate.

Port Alberni is already carrying a heavy debt load and families are buckling under the financial strain.

As your mayor, together with your endorsement and participation, we will restore your rights:

• to clean water that remains in the public domain

• to breathe clean air not polluted by industry

• to spend your money as you so choose, not on unjust taxation

• to quality health care that remains public

• to a local economy providing “real” jobs for citizens not hypothetical “pipe dream” jobs

• to leadership which enacts “the will of the people”

Courage, commitment and hard work will be required to reverse the severe damage done by previous city councils.

To prove that I stand apart from demagogues, I pledge half of my mayoral stipend to alleviate suffering and poverty in our city.

My mottos: “To Educate not Manipulate!” and with utmost respect “Long Live Black Bears!”

 

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