For Maple Ridge council
• Name: Todd Oliver.
• Residence: Maple Ridge.
• Occupation/education: correctional instructor North Fraser Pre-Trial Centre.
• Volunteer work: Christmas Haven; Caribbean Festival; Canada Day; Christmas parade; Salvation Army Coldest Night of the Year.
• Who do you support for mayor: undecided.
Question: Please provide an example of what you have done that qualifies you for council.
Answer: Active member volunteering in this community for multiple charities. Facilitated and participated in meetings between residents of Fraserview and staff at parks department regarding the abrupt construction and safety concerns of the wetlands park project. Active responder for multiple residents pertaining to ‘tent cities’ and drug houses in their neighborhoods.
Q: Who is funding your campaign?
A: Self-funded. I have been approached by unions, family and local citizens to help fund my election. I respectfully declined. I felt that since my platform message is driven towards a fiscally responsible and self- sufficient community, leading by example was the right thing to do.
Q: What makes you stand out from other candidates?
A: Good understanding how government works. I am a long-term thinker, where I feel taxpayers will get value for their dollar, not short-term impulses. I believe in bringing management and council and frontline staff to work in a unified environment. No one department has all of the answers. Collectively, we can.
Q: How do you see the City of Maple Ridge developing in the next 10 years?
A: Providing the highest quality municipal services at a reasonable cost. A safe, self-sufficient community where our property and commercial tax base are proportionately balanced. A community where we can live, work and embrace the natural beauty around us. Breakaway from the GVRD and continue to build our financial independence.
Q: What will be your top priority if elected to Maple Ridge council?
A: Initiate a core service review to truly receive value for our dollar and stop the bleeding. Change the way business is conducted to reflect today’s economies of scale. A multi-level task force committee to combat crime and homelessness. Freeze management salaries and eliminate the one third council tax free allowances.