Gordy Robson

Robson: Says Housing First doesn’t work

#MRvotes2018: Will vote for ‘equal enforcement of the law’

Gordy Robson, for council.

Occupation: retired businessman

• Political experience/qualifications for running in this election:

Former mayor and councillor and former newspaper columnist. More than a decade as a senior political consultant with provincial and federal political parties and governments. Fifty years in business with a reputation for effective turnaround management and corporate renewal strategies. Former executive vice-president of Edmonton Oilers, former owner/director Vancouver 86ers, former director Vancouver Whitecaps. former director, British Columbia Buildings Corporation.

Established, owned and operated numerous local businesses, including Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News, Best Western Hotel and Meadowridge Shopping Centre. Founder: Alouette River Management Society, Meadowridge School, Maple Ridge Downtown Parking Society, Maple Ridge Home Show Society and key involvement in numerous social, environmental and business projects and issues.

• Reason for running:

I’m blessed. This is my way of paying back the community. I want to keep taxes down and improve our amenities and quality of life.

• What do you consider to be the top two issues this election and how would you address them?

Our citizens tell me their two key issues are taxes and homelessness.

Taxes: We’re addressing taxes by fundamentally changing the way we fund our amenities in Maple Ridge. We are now getting the developer to contribute more as we grow. In the last two years, we’ve pulled in $13 million and another $20 million is in the pipe.

There were 6,000 people here when I was born. In the 1970s, when I was involved as chairman of planning commission, there were 12,000 people here. Today, we’re well over 80,000 and growing. Keeping our taxes low will always be the challenge. Working with the development community under the new structure will help move us toward this goal.

Homelessness: Our first obligation is to save lives. You don’t do that by hiding people away in housing. The latest studies show that Housing First does not work. Safe medical detox and treatment on demand must become the standard. Taxpayers cannot continue to pay millions for something that is not working, especially when Housing First becomes Housing Forever. We need to remember that taxpayers are also suffering.

Beyond the high cost of funding these programs, they have lost their feeling of safety on their streets and in their homes. This can’t become the new normal. I will vote to deliver enforced bylaws and equal enforcement of the law. I will continue to push senior government to fund treatment with follow up after-care. It is totally unacceptable that we have accepted the drug culture as a normal part of our society.

• Website: www.votegordy.com

• Facebook: Gordy Robson-Maple Ridge Councillor

Just Posted

UPDATE/VIDEO: Heavy police presence after body found in Maple Ridge

Body was discovered beneath the Golden Ears Bridge

On Cooking: Yes, I eat meat

I recognize the fact that we as people are not all the same.

VIDEO: Firefighters on scene at Mission house blaze

Flames can be seen rising from roof of home on Lightbody Crescent

Sports announced for Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games

18 events will attract almost 3000 young athletes

Saving salmon: B.C. business man believes hatcheries can help bring back the fish

Tony Allard worked with a central coast First Nation to enhance salmon stocks

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants couldn’t find the net: coach

Even with a six-on-three advantage, the Langley-based hockey team couldn’t earn points Sunday.

High-end B.C. house prices dropping, but no relief at lower levels

But experts say home ownership remains out of reach for many for middle- and lower-income families

Worker killed in collision at B.C. coal mine

Vehicle collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. this morning

Mountie left with ‘significant’ injuries after driver attempts to flee traffic stop

Richmond RCMP are looking for a dark coloured Mercedes Benz

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Canadian dead more than a week after plane crash in Guyana: Global Affairs

Global Affairs said it couldn’t provide further details on the identity of the Canadian citizen

Children between 6 and 9 eligible for $1,200 RESP grant from province

BC Ministry of Education is reminding residents to apply before the deadline

Victoria spent $30,000 to remove John A. Macdonald statue

Contentious decision sparked controversy, apology from mayor

Most Read