Steve Hillier

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Position: Ward 14 Councillor

Incumbent: No

Other political experience: Ran for council in 2014; lost to Jared Zaifman.

Political donations: None found.

Occupation / Profession: Manager at a food equipment supply/auction business

Languages: English

Transit: Does not support BRT as implemented.[1]https://www.votehillier.ca/platform “When we create a system that is focused on suppling timely bus transit into these industrial areas employers can hire more people and expand. I will push for service improvements so we can access good, well-paying jobs in Ward 14 and all the industrial areas when and where the busses are needed. A proper transit system will help London by attracting new industry and jobs into London.” [2]Excerpted from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Social Housing: Hasten repair of existing social housing stock; encourage more co-op housing.[3]https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&ved=2ahUKEwiR-Ze6-7fcAhUS3YMKHctBCDIQFjADegQIABAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.healthunit.com%2Fuploads%2Fsteve-hillier-councillor-ward-14.pdf&usg=AOvVaw3p6P79i9zHARpBADRxBRJ8

Business Climate: “Constant distractions and Analog thinking have caused over a decade of job creation and investment to be lost to other municipalities… Success starts with taking a positive, customer service approach while nurturing local businesses and helping employers and industries build and grow in our community… We must utilize our industrial land, so it reaches its full potential.” [4]Excerpted from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Fiscal Responsibility: “London can and must deliver high quality public services in a way that is sustainable, transparent, and respectful. I am very worried… we may discover that the multi-year budgeting has put us on a path that will force unwelcome tax increases. This new method of multi-year budgeting could push costs forward and possibly cost us more in the long run. If extra money is discovered in the budget or is found to be surplus from a project, I have always felt it should go against our debt so we keep it as low as possible and retain our triple AAA credit rating.” [5]Excerpted from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Safe Injection Sites: “Safe Consumption Facilities are just one component to solving this crisis in London but more must be done… Safe Consumption Facilities alone will not solve this crisis, but we also need wrap-around medical and counsellor services on site.” [6]Excerpted from Electipedia.ca survey response.

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Electipedia Survey Response

This candidate responded to Electipedia's survey. Read the candidate's reponses below:

NameSteve Hillier
How would you describe your political outlook?Centre
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?Choose not to answer
Instructions

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.Somewhat Agree
Fiscal prudence is the hallmark of sound governance.Somewhat 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.Somewhat Agree
While environmental concerns are important, government’s first priority is to build infrastructure that is safe and cost effective.Somewhat 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.Strongly Agree
Mandatory minimum sentences for criminal convictions are needed to ensure equality before the law, and to act as a deterrent.Strongly Agree
Safe injection sites are necessary to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.Somewhat Agree
Instructions

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:

Transit

We must develop a Transit Plan That Works for all Londoners
I don’t support London’s current BRT plan as it’s a mega project involving hundreds of millions of dollars that should reflect public input. Council approved the current plan without the input of most Londoners & the Businesses affected and that's just wrong. As your Ward 14 Councillor I would fight to have meaningful public consultation all over London on the transit project including the businesses it would effect.
The Downtown Business Association, Covent Garden Market and the restaurants along King and Richmond were not included in the discussion process with personalized visits to their businesses. I work with these businesses regularly and when members of the current council said they were on board with the BRT plan, it made many of them very upset as this was simply not true. These businesses could not attend meetings held during their busiest time. Many have said that the BRT proposal should have been a question on the ballot this election to see how the people really feel.
Recently we have seen major developments happening with the Transit Plan, they are removing the dedicated bus lanes on Richmond from Oxford to University Drive and using bus bays for passenger pickups with shared traffic lanes. This was announced at the LTC meeting on Wednesday August 29th and I was very surprised to be the only council candidate there in attendance. There have also been discussions on a plan to provide service to some of the industrial areas. This should have been happening from the very start of the Transit discussion and not a reactionary afterthought.
When we create a system that is focused on suppling timely bus transit into these industrial areas employers can hire more people and expand. I will push for service improvements so we can access good, well-paying jobs in Ward 14 and all the industrial areas when and where the busses are needed. A proper transit system will help London by attracting new industry and jobs into London.

Environment

Our environment is the only one we have and here in Ward 14 we have many environmentally sensitive areas that must be protected.
These are areas that after they have been damaged can take decades to recover if it's even possible at all.
We must identify current and future hazards that could endanger these areas and work to find ways to to reduce or eliminate them.
We have many very old factories along our own Thames river that could have many undiscovered hidden hazards of the past that have not been unearthed yet. I worry that as we develop these areas and other sites the companies that caused the problems are long gone and we will be on the financial hook to fix the ecosystem.

Social Housing

We have a serious problem with our lack of affordable and proper social housing and many units not being occupied because of the repairs needed. In Ward 14 many units are sitting empty and need minor repairs, but London taxpayers are still paying the rent even though they sit vacant. We need a better strategy to get these units repaired and occupied and get people off the streets. I have always been impressed with the units that the tenants maintain the common areas, this creates a community that supports each other.

Business Climate

Attracting Real Jobs, Business Investment & Getting Londoners Working, this has always been the core issue.

Constant distractions and Analog thinking have caused over a decade of job creation and investment to be lost to other municipalities. Personally, I have two sons who graduated from post-secondary education and I don't want to lose them to another city.

As your Ward 14 Councillor, I will work to make London more receptive to business and help foster a better business climate. I have decades of experience starting, supporting, and growing businesses. I’m a Manufacturing Engineering Technologist and I speak the language of the manufacturers we need to attract with their better paying jobs and opportunities. Success starts with taking a positive, customer service approach while nurturing local businesses and helping employers and industries build and grow in our community.

We must utilize our industrial land, so it reaches its full potential and we must retain the valuable businesses we already have.
Together with business, we can move forward as a prosperous and thriving city we all know London can be.

Fiscal Responsibility

I feel politicians should be held to the highest standard and treat every single taxpayer dollar as a precious resource.
As your Ward 14 Councillor, I will respect and maintain your trust, protect and properly manage your hard-earned tax dollars, and ensure Council can afford what's being promised.

London can and must deliver high quality public services in a way that is sustainable, transparent, and respectful.
I am very worried that when the new council gets in, we may discover that the multi-year budgeting has put us on a path that will force unwelcome tax increases.
This new method of multi-year budgeting could push costs forward and possibly cost us more in the long run.

If extra money is discovered in the budget or is found to be surplus from a project, I have always felt it should go against our debt so we keep it as low as possible and retain our triple AAA credit rating. The lower we keep our debt the less we are paying in interest and the more money is available for city services. Then if a project is worth doing, it must be worth going further into debt for, this sets the bar even higher and new projects must meet this new standard.

Law and Order

We must have Law and Order, but we also must provide policing in an cost effective manner. The police budget is one of the biggest expenditures in our budget and must be looked at and discussed in detail. Right now the police have there hands tied when it comes to people with mental health issues and how to deal with them, all levels of government are needed to help with this difficult issue.

Safe Injection Sites

London has been experiencing an increase in fatal and near-fatal overdoses over the last few years.
It’s hard to build a decent life but it’s very easy to destroy one with the drugs on the streets today!

Many people in our community are experiencing drug addiction, homelessness, and the challenges associated with mental and physical health are also growing at an alarming rate. Provincial cut backs have made it very difficult for the hospitals, the police and social services to deal with all these issues in our community and the drug use is causing this problem to grow exponentially.

Safe Consumption Facilities are just one component to solving this crisis in London but more must be done. These facilities are one place where people can visit for support but, also for safe and clean needles. Clean needles are important because our city is also experiencing an increase in HIV and Hepatitis. Discarded needles are a danger to everyone and if someone is using them on the streets, they are probably not disposing of them properly, they are everywhere. Down Creamery Road near Dundas they are everywhere and these are not from people walking, these are drivers shooting up and disposing of the needles, that’s really scary.
Safe Consumption Facilities alone will not solve this crisis, but we also need wrap-around medical and counsellor services on site.

I recently took a tour of the Safe Injection Site on King Street to get a better understanding of this complex problem. There are no easy solutions and this problem spans all of London, it only seems like it’s just in the lower income areas.
It’s everywhere and it’s getting worse and we must figure out a solution.

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