Bob Masse is running for councillor in Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)

Bob Masse is running for councillor in Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)

MEET THE CANDIDATES

IN THE MAPLE RIDGE COUNCILLOR’S RACE: Robert (Bob) Masse

Ahead of Oct. 15, The News offers a profile and Q&A opportunity to each candidate

Robert (Bob) Masse

RUNNING AS AN INDEPENDENT

Chiropractor, age 68

West Maple Ridge resident who’s lived her 40 years

I have the experience and skill set to help ensure a better community and a brighter future for our kids and grandkids.

The environment, post-secondary education, and mental health are all areas I can contribute strongly on.

[I held office in past], two terms on council (2011-18). Did not run in 2018. Thank You.

Website: www.robertmasse.ca

Phone: 604-868-3947

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Have you held office in past? If so, please specify: Yes, 2 terms on Council, 2011-2018. Did not run in 2018.

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Questions:

(These answers are presented as the candidates submitted them)

1. Does the City have a handle on the problems created by homelessness?

No. No GVRD city has a ‘handle on problems created by homelessness.’

A federal system where people can’t access mental health care, and those with addictions can’t get detox, treatment and post treatment support is a huge, and too often fatal, failure.

Reinstate Riverview!

Q’s 1, 2 and 7 are all related.

2. Do you believe residents of the City feel safe?

No.

3. Do you support the City borrowing funds to build a new aquatic centre?

Yes.

4. Are you in favour of development along the Alouette River?

No.

5. Can City hall do more to attract new businesses to open in Maple Ridge?

Yes.

6. Should the City borrow funds to build a new arena facility?

Yes. We are forced to, but these costs should not be borne by the Municipal tax payer. Health care is a Federal/Provincial responsibility and this is large scale downloading.

7. Should Maple Ridge take more direct action to combat the local opioid crisis?

Yes.

8. Is the City taking adequate measures to lower carbon emissions?

No.

9. Are tax levels too high in the City?

No. To answer ‘yes’ to questions 3 and 4 and support building new arenas and a new aquatic centre, then ‘yes’ to question 9 saying taxes are too high is political dishonesty.

10. Should the City commit to making a decision on proposed new developments within 12 months or less?

Yes.

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

How the questions were presented to each candidate

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows news readers have told us how much they value this important, straight-forward reference guide that helps orient them with the range of choices on the ballots – both at the council and school board levels.

Towards that end, we have attempted to make this package available (along with the following instructions) to each of the candidates in a timely fashion ahead of the Oct. 15 election.

Please read carefully before you start to fill this out.

To help voters in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows make their choices on election day, The News is asking local candidates 10 issue-based questions.

You must provide a ‘yes,’ a ‘no,’ or a ‘don’t know’ (Y, N, D) response to EACH of these questions.

Each question MUST be answered with yes (Y), no (N), or Don’t Know (D). This will be published in a grid in the Oct. 6 edition. Any questions not answered will be LEFT BLANK.

Candidates may also expand on ANY OR ALL of these questions (to a maximum of 200 words each). Please note any responses longer than that will be cut off at the 201-word mark.

Due to space limitations, we can only guarantee to run one of these answers in The News print edition ahead of the election. You must CLEARLY indicate which expanded answer you want to see published in print. If you do not specify, we will choose. Any and all expanded answers provided will be published online at www.mapleridgenews.com.

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