Ward 3 Councillor Candidate Responses to SHN Questions
Steven Paul Denault
I live and work in Ward 3. I have an understanding and commitment to this ward.
I live in the community; I know the people; and I understand the issues. I plan on donating the salary from this elected bureaucratic position to Ward 3 and to the people of Ward 3. I challenge all the alderman to do the same.
Specifically, what are your priorities for infrastructure and facilities investment? What would you propose to ensure these are addressed?
My primary areas of policy interest are affordable housing and reducing taxes. I would like to see the $1 billion allocated for affordable housing, road re-construction, especially for the industrial area, as this is a primary source of taxes for the city of Hamilton. I would like to reduce taxes as it is important, especially for the businesses and residents. This is all important, especially because of the environment. I would like to see trolley buses instead of the LRT so it would have less impact on the people of Ward 3, as far as home values and businesses being affected by this, ie. construction.
My first priority is with Ward 3 constituents. If this fits their agenda, as far as the whole, then it will work, and if it doesn't, I would mediate to a suitable solution for the best interest of all parties.
How will you approach the challenge of navigating (actual or perceived) tensions between the interests of Ward 3 and the City as a whole?
Twitter, (social media); email; and access to phone calls and person to person. I believe we would work together with our community groups for the betterment of our community.
How will you communicate, stay in touch, and be responsive to the people in Ward 3? What sorts of relationships do you expect to have with community groups?
I don't see that as being an issue within my community in Ward 3.
How will you engage with and address issues such as classism, racism, oppression and privilege?
Giving funds to under-privileged children and to ensure access to programs, such as City Kids and sports. I would like to connect youth with businesses in our communities.
Specifically, what are your priorities for social and economic programmes? How will you ensure that these priority areas addressed?
I would not get myself in this dilemma for one thing. I would be Steven Paul
Bonus* if you were to find yourself stuck in a mutagenic yet fortuitous puddle of phosphorescent ooze and would emerge with a superpower of your choosing, what would it be? and what would you call yourself?
I will work on behalf of the better interest of Ward 3 and have an understanding of my commitment and how we all must work effectively with one another.
What are your thoughts on the sometimes adversarial nature of municipal politics and its effect on council function? How will you negotiate that environment?
My knowledge of the people of this ward and their concerns would be priority and since I have been working for myself and also with a large multi-national company for a lengthy period of time, I bring a lot of knowledge, skills and experience. I have effective leadership skills that I will bring as the role of a councilor.
What knowledge, skills, perspectives, or experiences would you bring to the role of councillor?
My fresh ideas for the city include going back to trolley buses, so we don't have to tear up the streets and would be environmentally friendly and would save the community from disruption as a whole.
How will you be innovative? What are your new or fresh ideas for the city?
Why did you decide to run for council this term?
What are your favourite Ward 3 Assets?
What are your primary areas of policy interest, and why are these important to you?
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