Matthew Reid

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Political Orientation

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Position: Ward 8 Councillor

Incumbent:  No

Previous council experience: No

Other political experience: Trustee and chair of the Thames Valley District School Board; former constituency assistant to Liberal MPP Chris Bentley

Political donations: None found.

Occupation / Profession: Lawyer

Languages: English

Transit: Opposes BRT as proposed.[1]http://www.mattreid.ca/platform Supports aspects of the plan that alleviate congestion, including road widening, smart traffic signals, etc. Proposes further consultation to address polarizing aspects of the current BRT plan, and would like to see improved transit in under-served industrial areas. [2]Electipedia.ca survey response.

Social Housing: “Affordable housing… (is becoming) more important and all levels of government need to work together to resolve this. An affordable house for a family provides stability and dignity. This should be a priority for the City of London as it is very much linked with the addiction and mental health crisis affecting many citizens.” [3]Excerpted from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Business Climate: I understand the challenges small business owners face in London. The struggles I am constantly hearing are the problems with cutting through the red tape at City Hall. We need to have an environment at City Hall that makes getting permits as smoothly as possible, without additional requests and reports being put in place half way through the permit process.” [4]Excerpted from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Fiscal Responsibility: “It is important that governments do not place crippling debts on future generations to pay for. While some borrowing is required for major investments and projects (such as the Budweiser Gardens) that bring benefit to everyone, we need to continue to weigh the pros and cons for everything… I also look for more affordable alternatives and do not spend money unnecessarily.” [5]Excerpted from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Safe Injection Sites: Supports safe injection sites. [6]Electipedia.ca survey response.

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Electipedia Survey Response

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

NameMatthew Reid
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?Yes
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.Strongly Agree
All public servants should be prohibited from going on strike.Somewhat 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.Strongly 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 Disagree
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.Somewhat Agree
Mandatory minimum sentences for criminal convictions are needed to ensure equality before the law, and to act as a deterrent.Strongly Disagree
Safe injection sites are necessary to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.Strongly 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

I fully support better Transit for everyone in London. The current BRT plan has been seen by many as an attack on people who drive because city hall hasn't fully explained the benefits to everyone. There are many aspects of this plan, such as smart traffic signals that monitor congestion and improve traffic flow and widening of roads to have longer turning lanes that actually help every Londoner, whether they drive, bike, walk or take the bus.

However, items such as dedicated bus lanes are polarizing aspects of the plan that need to be revisited. We need meaningful consultation on BRT that allow for changes to the plan to get the majority of people to support this major initiative.

Additionally, we need to ensure London Transit is able to continue to meet the needs of our citizens, such as getting people to industrialized parts of the city so they can work.

Environment

One of the things that makes London such a great place to live is the environment and parks that we have. We need to protect this and support people being able to use our natural gems. That is why we need to build up and not out - to prevent continued urban sprawl that eliminates our nearby farmland and woodlots.

Social Housing

Affordable housing is becoming harder for many Londoners. The average cost of a house in London and St. Thomas has gone from $250,000 to now being about $350,000 in just a couple short years. This is making affordable housing to be more important and all levels of government need to work together to resolve this. An affordable house for a family provides stability and dignity. This should be a priority for the City of London as it is very much linked with the addiction and mental health crisis affecting many citizens.

Business Climate

As a lawyer, I understand the challenges small business owners face in London. The struggles I am constantly hearing are the problems with cutting through the red tape at City Hall. We need to have an environment at City Hall that makes getting permits as smoothly as possible, without additional requests and reports being put in place half way through the permit process. There is a feeling that City Hall places more burdens on business without giving them value-added support. We need to listen to businesses and make changes that help drive investments and jobs.

Fiscal Responsibility

It is important that governments do not place crippling debts on future generations to pay for. While some borrowing is required for major investments and projects (such as the Budweiser Gardens) that bring benefit to everyone, we need to continue to weigh the pros and cons for everything. At the Thames Valley District School Board I have consistently shown that I can manage large budgets and make strategic investments while being fiscally responsible. I also look for more affordable alternatives and do not spend money unnecessarily. This was evidence when we were looking to close Aberdeen Public School and Ealing Public School as I pushed for an alternative to close Tafalgar Public School and save the Provincial Government and taxpayers close to $10 million in the process.

Law and Order

It is important our police are supported to do their job. They can feel stretched but we need to look at better redeployment of the personnel we have. Paying cadets to do front end security at the courthouse or having 2 officers have to wait to admit someone in crisis to the psych ward and wait for 4 hours for the patient to see a doctor. We need to look at the current protocols and look for more cost effective alternatives that make sure our officers are doing true police work.

Safe Injection Sites

I am fully supportive of the need for a Safe Injection Site. As a past board member and Treasurer for the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection who are the coordinating agency for the SIS, I understand the need for harm reduction. This site's goal is to prevent the spread of HIV, with each case costing the Canadian healthcare system over a million dollars. It also helps get drug addicts supports when thy are ready for it in a judgment free environment. This site is a very necessary part of how to fight the opioid and addiction crisis that is plaguing London.

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