Bruce Bell

Candidates for Pitt Meadows mayor and council answer three questions for election.

  • Nov. 10, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Bruce Bell (council)

Name: Bruce Bell

Age: 57

Occupation: project manager for B.C. Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry.

Q1. What have you personally achieved, or what initiative have you personally led in recent years that qualifies you to be elected or re-elected as a Pitt Meadows councillor?

1: I believe that I possess a sound understanding of the day-to-day operations of the City of Pitt Meadows. I have developed knowledge pertaining to the Community Charter and the role of the region. I have experience with budget and tax implications, confidentiality issues, and priority setting. I understand the importance of collaboration and working towards a common goal. Over the past three years, there have been many council achievements. These achievements have been attained by working together and keeping the needs of the City of Pitt Meadows and the views of the residents at the forefront.

Q2. How would you act on your top priorities as Pitt Meadows councillor?

2. Pitt Meadows would greatly benefit from an interchange at Harris Road and Lougheed Highway. To be successful in obtaining federal and provincial funding for such, I believe that we need to lobby the communities to the east and west of us. An interchange would also benefit these communities, and collectively we would have a stronger voice as we move forward in persuading senior governments. In terms of the West Coast Express, we need more train arrival and departure times. Again this would also benefit communities along the line. I believe a concerted effort from all would be helpful in lobbying the government and CP Rail. Finally, I support the practice of reducing, reusing and recycling. Kitchen table scrap garbage pickup is feasible for Pitt Meadows. In the end, it would reduce dumping fees.

Q3. What is your position on the construction of the North Lougheed Connector and what kind of development should it serve?

3. Without an interchange at Harris Road and the Lougheed Highway, I am not convinced that the North Lougheed Connector will solve Pitt Meadows’ traffic issues. I am concerned that valuable farm land would be lost. Pitt Meadows farm receipts are about $60 million a year. We also contribute nearly eight per cent of B.C.’s greenhouse vegetable production and 20 per cent of B.C.’s blueberry production. Approximately 1,500 people are employed in agricultural activity. Pitt Meadows is within two days trucking to 35 million consumers.

If the North Lougheed corridor is to be developed, there should be a large component of land dedicated to agri-business.

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