Photograph: Ryan Pfeiffer, Oshawa This
My sincere thanks for your continued support --
and for having given me a stronger and more decisive mandate to lead our Council
over the next four years.
Oshawa is a community filled with heart, spirit and hope.
Our citizens, from
the earliest pioneers to our newest arrivals, have proven themselves to be industrious, selfless, and compassionate people.
confident that your strengthened Council will redouble its efforts to improve
upon its recent return to fiscal management, accountability, principled and
well-informed decision-making, and -- most importantly -- cooperation around our
As we discussed during this campaign,
my key priorities for the next four years are:
line on taxes (residential and business) while minimizing local and
regional property tax increases, as we've done over the past four years.
Your 2010-14 Council delivered a four-year cumulative tax increase that was
50% lower than the 2006-10 Council or the 2003-06 Council. At the same time,
however, residents have the expectation that Council will maintain
high-quality core services while providing sound fiscal oversight.
creation (especially youth unemployment) -- along with securing and
growing Oshawa’s automotive and manufacturing (including General Motors and
its feeder plants) footprint in the midst of very significant North American
and other global competitive realities; and,
near-term redevelopment of Oshawa’s waterfront including the speedy
re-introduction of recreational boating access during this next Council's
Much hard work lies
ahead for your new Council. I'm
looking forward to working with each of our re-elected councillors and
three new additions to Council including Dan Carter, Rick Kerr and John Shields.
With your support,
we'll work collectively to strengthen our City's governance, accountability, and
prosperity over the next four years.
I hope we speak personally over the coming
weeks or months.
If I may
be of any assistance please don't hesitate to
contact me by email (email@example.com), telephone (905.433.5611), or through
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