Name: Robert Masse
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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 Maple Ridge councillor?
1. Served as chairman of the safety and security committee of the Maple Ridge Downtown Business Improvement Association. This committee brought together the RCMP, district, bylaws, social services, Salvation Army, business leaders, provincial and municipal politicians, working together to make Maple Ridge safer. We had great successes through building consensus.
I also served as race director for the Vistas Run for Hospice for five years. This raised more than $160,000 to help build McKinney Creek Hospice in Maple Ridge and for the local hospice society.
Q2. Provide two examples of council’s actions over the past three years and explain why or why not you support them.
2. I support, and applaud, that they finally got the Northumberland Court shut down. It was a centre of human misery and a major anchor for crime.
I also support the changes to improve the downtown of Maple Ridge. It looks much better.
Q3. Do you support the 13-per-cent increase (over three years) in councillor’s salaries approved last summer? Why or why not? Explain what you would do if elected.
3. I do not support the 13-per-cent increase, mainly due to the generally tough economic times we are in. We must lead by example. If elected, I think we should stay with the current salary and concentrate on more important business. To really succeed, council needs the support and trust of both the people of Maple Ridge and at municipal hall.