Progress Report

We want to keep you informed of our progress in getting a new Victoria City Council. The NewCouncil.ca committee has been working tirelessly, getting us closer to our goal of finding candidates who will run in the October 20th municipal election.

On February 20th we held our second consultation meeting. This meeting was in addition to our first meeting held in January and both were a great success. Victoria citizens gave us their constructive suggestions for the qualities they are looking for in a mayor and council. Soon, we will have a summary of those meetings, and the principles set out in these meetings will let prospective candidates know if they want to join our campaign.

To keep you up to date, here are some things we want you to know…

  1. We are working on a process for the selection of a slate of candidates. We have a full list of people who have shown an interest in running and we want the best qualified people to put forward to Victoria’s voters. If you, or someone else comes to mind, please let us know. These are important jobs.
  2. We are starting to get the word out, even before we have candidates. People are thrilled that there’s a dedicated group of people willing to bring positive change that is so desperately needed at City Hall. We’ll soon have a new website and you can find us on Facebook and Instagram by typing in newcouncil.ca.
  3.  For those of you who have volunteered, we’ve been in touch with some of you and will be in touch with everyone. In fact, our new volunteers are doing just that. Stay tuned.

There are more than eight months before the election. We’re not going to rush into a process just to get anyone to run. By consulting Victoria voters, taking our time to vet the best candidates, and building not just a solid slate, but a solid, committed group of volunteers and campaigners, we feel we have a great chance of getting the kind of Victoria City leadership we want.

 

Guiding Principles

IMG_20180311_164810Without these being set in stone (as we want significant input), here are four guiding principles we hope prospective candidates can agree to:

Accountability

City Council must respect the general good and not act in concert with their personal agendas or give undue support to special interest groups.

Public safety

City Council must prioritize public safety in all decisions and this includes empowering police, bylaw and other regulatory bodies to enforce all applicable criminal, municipal and provincial laws.

Community Development

The City of Victoria has a unique look and feel. Development should reflect this uniqueness. Decisions should be made based on expert advice and a reflection of the balanced needs of the entire community that respect the hard work put into the Official Community Plan, not special interests. Historic value, green space and usability for all citizens must be prioritized.

Fiscal Responsibility

Municipal governments should focus on core services. Spending on projects outside of core services or in the jurisdiction of other levels of government should be limited. The City of Victoria needs to refocus its spending priorities and keep property tax increases under the rate of inflation. And for long term capital expenditures, it must stay on budget.

By the end of January 2018, we hope to have our first large-scale meeting, open to those looking for the same improvements to the way our city is run. We will be taking our time to find good candidates and will not feel rushed to get just “anyone.”

We encourage some people from our survey who have taken a “wait and see” approach to what we are all about, to go back to the survey to add their names to the many who have done so thus far.