For Pitt Meadows council
• Name: Bruce Bell.
• Residence: 14037 Reichenbach Road, Pitt Meadows.
• Occupation/education: Director of the B.C. Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry.
• Volunteer work: Pitt Meadows Day Committee 2008 to date; minor sports coach in Pitt Meadows for 15 years; dry grad committee chairperson.
• Who do you support for mayor: I am supporting John Becker.
Question: Please provide an example of what you have done that qualifies you for council?
Answer: I have been on council for the last six years. I also have business and labour knowledge and experience outside of council. I have the energy, skills and the desire to help make Pitt Meadows an affordable place to live. For these reasons I am qualified to be on council.
Q: Who is funding your campaign?
A: I am funding my own campaign. My budget is $3,500. I will not be receiving financial contributions to my election campaign.
Q: What makes you stand out from other candidates?
A: My sound judgement, dedication to Pitt Meadows and the council decision-making process is certainly one of my strengths. My background in both business and labour is also an asset. My ability to listen and problem solve is an attribute, as well. This makes me stand out as a good candidate.
Q: How do you see your city developing in the next 10 years?
A: Over the next 10 years, the city needs to resolve its transportation issues, especially for commuters. An overpass at Allen Way and the Lougheed Highway would be an asset. This overpass would alleviate traffic problems north and south and at the same time help traffic congestion on Lougheed, both east and west.
Q: What will be your top priority if elected to Pitt Meadows council?
A: My top priority, if elected, would be getting a handle on the taxes in Pitt Meadows. The proposed 24 per cent increase in taxes over the next five years is not fair nor is it affordable for the citizens of Pitt Meadows.