Matt Millar

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Political Orientation

LeftRight

Position: Ward 9 Councillor

Incumbent:  No

Previous council experience: No

Other political experience: No

Political donations: None found.

Occupation / Profession: IT Technician / Farmer / Nutritional Therapist

Languages: English

Transit: Does not support the current BRT plan.[1]https://omny.fm/shows/the-craig-needles-show/the-craig-needles-show-12-7-2018?t=40m42s “There’s no getting around the fact that the majority of Ward 9 residents need their personal vehicles, and we need a solution that respects that. Much time and money has gone into the current BRT plan, so we need to identify the parts that are worth keeping (some road widening, synchronized lights, etc.), and other parts that are not (dedicated bus lanes being the major issue).” [2]Excepted from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Social Housing: “We must ensure that our social housing is adequate in quantity, and is well-maintained.” [3]Excepted from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Business Climate: “Keeping businesses in London, as well as attracting new business, must be a top priority for the vitality and well-being of our city. We must ensure that we are not driving businesses away with unreasonable policies and regulations.” [4]Excerpted from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Fiscal Responsibility: Supports minimal government intervention in people’s lives, with use of the least possible funds for basic services.[5]http://www.ward9.online/index.php/my-philosophy/ “We work hard for our money, and nothing is worse than watching a wasteful government not respect that. I will make it my main focus to ensure that our tax dollars are spent wisely!” [6]Excerpted from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Safe Injection Sites: “I’m torn on supervised consumption sites. Personally, from a moral perspective I don’t agree. We should be focused on preventing drug addiction in the first place and on helping drug users get clean. But putting my personal feelings aside, there are benefits to these sites. They have been shown to reduce the number of dangerous objects (ie: used syringes) strewn about where they could be found by children, they prevent deaths, and economically, they could potentially keep people out of long-term health care from serious illnesses contracted through unsafe drug use, thus saving the taxpayer money in the long-term. In any case, the location is a major factor, and as things stand, I see no need for any of these sites in Ward 9.” [7]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:

NameMatt Millar
How would you describe your political outlook?Right
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?No
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 Disagree
Fiscal prudence is the hallmark of sound governance.Strongly Agree
All public servants should be prohibited from going on strike.Strongly Agree
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.Somewhat Disagree
Oil pipelines are an effective way to boost Canada’s economy and energy self-sufficiency.Strongly Agree
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.Somewhat Disagree
Borrowing by governments, if done responsibly, is necessary to meet the needs of citizens.Somewhat Disagree
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.Somewhat Disagree
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

London desperately needs to improve mobility around the city but the currently proposed Shift BRT plan is not the way to do it. There's no getting around the fact that the majority of Ward 9 residents need their personal vehicles, and we need a solution that respects that. Much time and money has gone into the current BRT plan, so we need to identify the parts that are worth keeping (some road widening, synchronized lights, etc.), and other parts that are not (dedicated bus lanes being the major issue). I would like to utilize what we can of the existing plan to develop something that is a benefit to all Londoners, and be adaptable to match needs, not the other way around.

Environment

We must be good stewards of the environment in all of our endeavours, but I am certainly not in favour of punitive measures such as additional fees or taxes.

Social Housing

We must ensure that our social housing is adequate in quantity, and is well-maintained.

Business Climate

Keeping businesses in London, as well as attracting new business, must be a top priority for the vitality and well-being of our city. We must ensure that we are not driving businesses away with unreasonable policies and regulations.

Fiscal Responsibility

We work hard for our money, and nothing is worse than watching a wasteful government not respect that. I will make it my main focus to ensure that our tax dollars are spent wisely!

Law and Order

I have many close ties with folks involved with law enforcement, so I respect their dedication and the risks they take on a daily basis. I have also been seeing a disturbing increase in the amount of (mostly) petty crime in our neighbourhoods, so I think some work must be done to prioritize how we are using our police services, and make sure we are focusing on the most important issues and areas.

Safe Injection Sites

I’m torn on supervised consumption sites. Personally, from a moral perspective I don’t agree. We should be focused on preventing drug addiction in the first place and on helping drug users get clean. But putting my personal feelings aside, there are benefits to these sites. They have been shown to reduce the number of dangerous objects (ie: used syringes) strewn about where they could be found by children, they prevent deaths, and economically, they could potentially keep people out of long-term health care from serious illnesses contracted through unsafe drug use, thus saving the taxpayer money in the long-term.
In any case, the location is a major factor, and as things stand, I see no need for any of these sites in Ward 9.

Other Issues

In the "political outlook" section, my choice was based on the available choices in the left-right paradigm, which I feel is not entirely accurate.
My views are more libertarian, which involve smaller government, fiscal responsibility, and personal/social freedom.

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