Doug Bing

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

  • Nov. 10, 2011 9:00 a.m.
Doug Bing

Doug Bing

Name: Doug Bing

Age: 60

Occupation: dentist

Website: www.dougbing.ca,

Twitter: @douglasbing

Facebook: Doug Bing

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 my personal record as a city councillor for the past six years qualifies me to be re-elected to office.  Over the past six years, I have helped to build a better community and improve the quality of life for all citizens. Under our watch, council is building a more sustainable community with a pedestrian-friendly civic centre, the highly-acclaimed South Bonson Community Centre and the new artificial turf field.  We renovated the ice arenas, and are close to completion of the new library and the youth action park. Progress on a new seniors centre is underway. If re-elected to council, I will use my knowledge and experience to help keep our community moving in a positive direction.

Q2. Provide two examples of council’s actions over the past three years and explain why or why not you support them.

2.  After six years on council, I have learned the best way to get action on my top priorities is to be respectful and develop courteous relationships with everyone I deal with in order to keep the lines of communication open. Similarly, one of my constant priorities is to improve communication between council and residents so that they have a better understanding of what council is doing and why we are doing it. Citizens need to be engaged in local government and city hall must be open and accessible. The more people are consulted, the more they will feel a part of the solution rather than being upset due to a misunderstanding or a lack of correct information.

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

3. Land on the north side of the Lougheed Highway between Harris Road and the Golden Ears Bridge is the last significant piece of land that could be developed in Pitt Meadows.  The city commissioned a land use study last spring, asking AECOM consultants to recommend what would be the best use of the land. They presented three options that were forwarded to the Agricultural Land Commission. The ALC will ultimately determine which, if any, option is acceptable. If the ALC proposal makes sense, and I am convinced that there will be significant benefit to the City of Pitt Meadows, then I will support development in this area and construction of the North Lougheed Connector.