Meet William Roberts, Candidate for Niagara-on-the-Lake Regional Council
Niagara This Week has contacted all candidates for Niagara-on-the-Lake City Council and Regional Council and asked them to complete the questionnaire below.
This is how candidate William A. Roberts responded.
NAME: William A. Roberts
OCCUPATION: Retired from work in churches, legislatures, charities and community leadership development.
Email: [email protected]
POSITION FOR WHICH YOU ARE RUNNING: Regional Councilor
PAST POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I was twice elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and served as Critic for Health and Energy and as a member of the Trust Fund and Audit Committees. I have also served on many community boards.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RUN?
I have followed the work of Gary Burroughs and Zalepa as regional advisers. I learned how critical it is to have a strong voice on regional council given that over 60% of our property taxes go to the region. Moreover, I now have the opportunity to devote my energies full-time to this demanding position.
HOW WILL YOU EMBRACE AND PROMOTE DIVERSITY IN THIS ROLE?
Married to a woman of color and with an LGBTQ daughter, I embrace diversity almost every day. In faith communities, I have supported Christians, Muslims and Jews, Catholics, Protestants and Mennonites, and people without affiliation. I strongly believe in inclusion but not in quotas.
WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MAIN PROBLEMS?
1) Fiscal responsibility and equity in regional priorities and expenditures.
2) Improve local access to comprehensive, quality health care services.
3) Promote a healthy environment and greater protection of the remaining natural lands and biodiversity of the region.
IF YOU ARE ELECTED, WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH IN YOUR FIRST 100 DAYS?
1) Set up an office at NOTL to inform and advocate for residents and meet with the Mayor and Council for communication and collaboration on current issues.
2) Work with health providers to identify residents’ unmet health needs/concerns, advocating for more funding and access.
3) Communicate the power and influence that the regional has on aspects of NOTL life by working with other municipalities on common interests.
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