Like you, I've always been
proud to call Oshawa home.
We should all be proud of our community, its families, youth, seniors,
volunteers and small business people alike — even our elected officials.
But during the
previous few Council terms, Oshawa’s residents were often short-changed, embarrassed and treated with contempt by their local politicians. Somehow, though,
Oshawa has managed to progress
its elected leadership -- a real testament to the self-respect, hard work,
ingenuity, and optimism of Oshawa's residents and stakeholders.
Kathy, Jessica, Danielle and
John Henry, Kingston, May 2014
By September 2010,
Council had reached the point of dysfunction and risked irrelevance. Was
it any wonder that over two-thirds of Oshawa
residents did not vote in the 2003 or 2006 municipal
Given that Oshawa was much more engaged in the 2010 campaign -- and sent a clear
message demanding change -- I
can confidently say that “all
was not lost”.
Hope and opportunity
abound in Oshawa.
Ours is a community filled with heart, spirit and hope. Oshawa’s citizens, from
its earliest pioneers to its newest arrivals, have exemplified themselves as
industrious, selfless, and compassionate people.
If re-elected as your mayor,
I pledge that a renewed and re-energized Council will redouble its efforts to
increase accountability and sound fiscal management, informed
decision-making, and cooperation.
Once again, my campaign
will not be about running
against someone. Rather, I am running for something: Namely, new
economic opportunities for Oshawa, particularly its young people, and increased
respect for taxpayers' hard-earned funds.
As the current campaign
unfolds, I'll be sharing my ideas and several new initiatives aimed at
addressing these themes, while also working to ensure that your new Council works
even more cooperatively during its next term.
Much hard work lies
ahead for Oshawa's next Council. But with your help, I'll continue to work hard
at strengthening our City's governance, accountability and, ultimately, our
prosperity over the next four years.
I hope we can speak personally over the coming months.
Don't hesitate to
connect with me by email, telephone (905.410.2419), or through
Facebook or Twitter.
With sincere thanks,