The Brandon Chamber of Commerce tasked each candidate running in this year’s Municipal Election with answering 14 questions that pertain to their approach to furthering the success of business in Brandon.
These questions do not represent nor denote a particular stance of the Chamber, but are being used as discussion tools to help the community understand how candidates will react to particular issues, and as such we have not formally ranked/graded candidates. We encourage anybody who is interested in the Chamber’s stance to check out our Key Advocacy Priorities.
We have compiled answers in individual portfolios at the bottom of this page, and we have also provided a summary sheet with all responses immediately below, so that businesses in Brandon can see how each candidate will address issues important to the community over the next 4 years.
Have any questions? We will provide these results at our Councillor Reception on October 22nd, where you can follow up with your future Councillors in person. Otherwise, the Chamber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q1. The offering of a wide range of incentives, in a timely manner, can be a critical component in the negotiation to attract new business. Are you in favor of the development of a comprehensive incentive package, including performance parameters to allow for increased flexibility to address “calls of interest” at an administrative level in a timely manner?
Q2. The City of Brandon is challenged in attracting business, in part due to the lack of unserviceable land, the access to land, undefined development plans, etc. Are you in favor of investment in servicing and / or land acquisition, as part of a business attraction investment strategy?
Q3. Administration of the City of Brandon have referred to the concept of program and /or outcome-based budgeting and reporting, allowing for more transparency of the impact budget dollars are having in priority areas. As part of your mandate this term, are you in favor of making this a priority for administration to fully incorporate this approach into the budget process?
Q4. The funding of reserves is meant to ensure that as an asset is being used, funds are set aside to plan for its replacement. In recent years, increased tax revenues have not been used to proportionally build reserves. Are you in favor of reserves being proportionately funded in line with the percentage of increase in tax revenues in any given year?
Q5. Citizens can only absorb so much when it comes to having the ability to pay tax. Do you support ensuring increases in taxes do not exceed municipal inflation, even if this requires adjusting the services currently being provided?
Q6. In some municipalities, specific community services that are also provided by the public sector are identified and requests for public proposals are opened to determine if there are more cost-effective solutions that could be offered by the private sector. Do you support this concept of private, public partnerships to help improve the city’s overall operating efficiency?
Q7. The 8th Street Pedestrian Bridge has been identified as a solution for people to gain access from the “flats” into the downtown core at an approximate cost of $8.2 million. A number of programs and partners have been identified, to assist in cost sharing this investment. If this project costs the Brandon taxpayers more than a third of the total cost ($2.75 million), are you in favor of it proceeding?
Q8. The Keystone Centre has been identified as needing to explore and adopt alternative funding streams to become more self-sustaining in both its operational and capital requirements. Are you in favor of the Keystone Centre actively pursuing these alternatives?
Q9. The City of Brandon gave approval to move forward with the use of Development Cost Charges to build a reserve for growth related infrastructure. Are you in favor of funding growth related infrastructure as needed, as opposed to delaying these investments until the associated reserves are adequately funded through DCC?
Q10. The City of Brandon has a significant infrastructure deficit. It is Council’s role to prioritize where capital dollars are spent to ensure that critical infrastructure is taken care of ahead of the non-essential investment. Do you support prioritizing strategic infrastructure investment that would yield a return on investment or that would facilitate growth?
Q11. The City of Brandon has started to explore the concept of developing and seeking the approval of the Manitoba Government to govern its own Charter, which would provide for similar autonomy to what Winnipeg currently has related to development, planning, rate structures, etc. Are you in favor of Brandon having its own Charter?
Q12. The City of Brandon administration has said that they are “Open for Business”, however there continues to ongoing complaints from developers, business owner, and citizens about the level of bureaucracy, regulation, and time associated with doing business in Brandon. Would you be in favor of identifying key processes and putting in metrics / measurement systems to gauge actual performance (i.e. approval time on a permit)?
Q13. Downtown Brandon continues to be a challenge, as more buildings have vacant storefronts, and the area has gradually been allowed to degrade in appearance (garbage, weeds in the sidewalks, graffiti, overgrown lots, etc.), resulting in some businesses choosing to leave the area. Are you in favor of investment being made by the City of Brandon to address these issues?
Q14. Would you be in favor of the concept of charging a tax levy on downtown properties that remain vacant, as a means to encourage the active redevelopment of buildings in the area.
Individual Survey Results – Including Candidate Comments
Rick Chrest – Click here to see their results.
Ward 1 – Assiniboine
Jeff Fawcett – Click here to see their results.
Jeff Plas – Click here to see their results.
Ward 2 – Rosser
Kris Desjarlais – Click here to see their results.
Glen Kruck – Click here to see their results.
Ward 3 – Victoria
Barry Cullen – Click here to see their results.
James Montgomery – Click here to see their results.
Ward 4 – University
Shaun Cameron – Click here to see their results.
Karen Peto – Click here to see their results.
Ward 5 – Meadows-Waverly
John LoRegio – Click here to see their results.
Gordon McRae – Click here to see their results.
Ward 6 – South Centre
Nick Brown – Click here to see their results.
Bruce Luebke – Click here to see their results.
Ward 7 – Linden Lanes
Shawn Berry – Click here to see their results.
Ward 8 – Richmond
Ron Brown – Click here to see their results.
Ron Cayer – Click here to see their results.
Ward 9 – Riverview
Brock McEwing – Click here to see their results.
Glen Parker – Click here to see their results.
Ward 10 – Green Acres
Jan Chaboyer – Click here to see their results.