Position: Ward 11 Councillor
Previous council experience: Ran for council in 2014; lost to Stephen Turner.
Other political experience: No
Political donations: None found.
Occupation / Profession: Photojournalist
Declared positions: Social Housing, Business Climate
Social Housing: Portion of all new housing must be reserved as affordable; homeless must be provided shelter.https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&ved=0ahUKEwjctLyuma7cAhVFXq0KHeD2BEgQFgg7MAM&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.healthunit.com%2Fuploads%2Fmenno-meijer-councillor_ward_11.pdf&usg=AOvVaw21wLfCrpBH3JREh_y74vbk
Business Climate: Supports creation of local small business over large companies as a means for growth.https://meijerward11.wordpress.com/
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Electipedia Survey Response
This candidate responded to Electipedia's survey. Read the candidate's reponses below:
|How would you describe your political outlook?||Centre-Left|
|Do you currently belong to a political party at the federal or provincial level?||No|
|Have you previously been a member of a political party at the federal or provincial level?||Yes|
For the following, please select one option that best indicates how each statement reflects your position or philosophy:
|Social assistance payments should never be tied to mandated work or education requirements.||Strongly Agree|
|Fiscal prudence is the hallmark of sound governance.||Strongly Agree|
|All public servants should be prohibited from going on strike.||Strongly Disagree|
|Fees for using vehicles at certain times in high traffic zones is a reasonable way to subsidize and encourage the use of public transit.||Somewhat Disagree|
|Climate change represents an imminent threat that should be addressed by governments at every level.||Strongly Agree|
|Oil pipelines are an effective way to boost Canada’s economy and energy self-sufficiency.||Strongly Disagree|
|While environmental concerns are important, government’s first priority is to build infrastructure that is safe and cost effective.||Strongly Agree|
|Spending on social programs is more effective than spending on law enforcement and jails.||Strongly Agree|
|Borrowing by governments, if done responsibly, is necessary to meet the needs of citizens.||Somewhat Agree|
|Mandatory minimum sentences for criminal convictions are needed to ensure equality before the law, and to act as a deterrent.||Somewhat Disagree|
|Safe injection sites are necessary to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.||Strongly Agree|
Please provide a one-paragraph response outlining your position on each of the issues indicated. Keeping mind that a) your answers will be publicly available, b) answers may be lightly edited for spelling, grammar, clarity, or length and c) while subsequent amendments to answers may be considered, the original response will remain visible to the public:
I am not opposed to rapid transit. I do not believe the current plan meets our needs. Ward 11, in which I am running, is certainly not served by the BRT plan as it currently stands. A larger vision for future and continued expansion of rapid transit is necessary prior to committing to the construction of the new system.
London must become serious about eliminating greenhouse gas emissions. Through strong public transit, better and safer walkways and bicycle lanes, and transitioning to electric vehicles for city use is essential. London must also begin efforts to transition to solar and wind energy in both the public and private sector.
London has a high population of homeless persons and workers employed in precarious and low-income jobs. While we must make every effort as a community to correct this imbalance, we must take immediate action to provide affordable housing and subsidize that housing when persons and/or families are unable to pay the high cost of rent with the income they earn.
Attracting large businesses to London is helpful for our economy. But large corporations are inclined to vacate London without notice leaving many Londoners suddenly unemployed.
Pushing London's retailers ever further outwards to the periphery of the city requires massive investment in infrastructure to accommodate the volume of traffic through the city, not to mention the water, sewage and energy transmission needs.
|Law and Order|
The women and men of the London Police Services are largely concerned citizens motivated to ensure our peaceful existence in London. They provide an essential service that we count on to prevent crimes that are harmful to that peace.
|Safe Injection Sites|
Safe injection sites, coupled with on-site available social services, are essential to assist those who have fallen through the cracks into a life neither they of their loved ones could have imagined.
London is a city with many communities. Ward 11 has at least seven distinct communities consisting of Wortley Village, Old South, Manor and Highland Park, Southcrest, Berkshire Village, Kensal Park, and The Coves area. These communities deserve representation of their community needs. Each has its own needs and desires and deserve a councillor that is prepared to listen to their concerns and bring their concerns to council and/or related departments' attention. That is the purpose of a ward councillor.