it is to provide good government, provide services, facilities or other things that are necessary or desirable and develop and maintain a safe and viable community. We definitely do to much. From over regulating and restricting business, to competing with business with an unfair advantage. In the past the city has taken pride in not growing or attracting new business. In the last few years the shift has started to change, and I would encourage that change if elected.
Municipal government is the most front and centre level of government to the citizenry. Our role is to create public policy and bylaws that move the community forward and safeguards the public. The MGA (Municipal Government Act) guides what City Council has governance over.
So I love this in my mind this is where citizens can make the biggest impact in their lives is right here and they’re all minister polity this is what we control. Personally I think cities can retain more of their responsibilities I don’t love the fact that our hospitals and our doctors are dictated by HS in terms of recruitment.
I believe it’s the city role to grow this city economically, social, in programs, and in general population. Municipal governments, I believe, have the biggest impact to our day to day lives. If done right they drive the morale in their sphere of influence higher. I do believe the city does too many things and should be looking at simplifying their work streams and tender process. Doing this would bring the city closer in line with many of the other municipalities in the region
The role of municipal government is make sure the citizens have affordable housing, affordable utilities, services such as transit and parks and recreation and other devices. Realistically to guide and have the best interest of the citizens of Medicine Hat. I believe the city lacks on a few issues. We need more things for the kids between 10 and 18 to do. Along with additional hours for transit and a few other things.
The city and council have three major responsibilities: governance, taxation and assessment, and planning and development. Everything else may be done but these must be done. Selling the utilities is not currently a viable option. Recreation, parks, cultural facilities are what makes cities great, but they must be efficiently run. For land sales, campground, and other “for profit” enterprises there must be an itemized accounting to see if a business model can be made for continuing.