Mark Hope is one of the ONLY Candidates in all wards of Edmonton who did not take campaign donations from Developers, Unions, or anyone else who will require decisions to be made by City Council. We need to get the money OUT of politics, and ethics IN!
One of the most important items to do is make this common practice illegal to eliminate conflict of interest, and level the playing field during an election.
HopeforabetterEdmonton.com has an almost open-source political policy: the public will help make the decisions on individual issues.
We are continuing a movement for a more open and transparent local government, and to bring common sense to the City Council.
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YOU can have your say on the issues with our online survey, but Mark Hope already has these ideas ‘for a better Edmonton’:
Photo Radar: The cash cow needs to end. This is an issue of safety, not revenue generation. Let’s reallocate some of these resources toward education and enforcement of other dangerous traffic violations that are proven by data. With the remaining resources, increase the usage of speed indicating signs, and/or introduce rumble strips across roads to make drivers more aware to reduce their speed when entering school zones. Through feedback in the online survey, it has been determined that the percentage of enforcement in school zones, construction zones, and proven high accident areas should be increased to at least half of all enforcement, and taken away from where it isn’t needed for safety.
Speed limits also need to be addressed, with input from the community. Some roadways seem to have unrealistic limits put on them, whether that is too high, or low.
Likewise, road construction needs to begin on added lanes to major arteries, and Terwillegar Dr should be the freeway it was meant to be, starting with a 40th Ave overpass. We need to work with the Provincial government to make adding lanes to the Henday a priority, as well as a second overpass for Terwillegar Drive.
Public Transit needs improving, and has lagged behind most, if not all, major cities. Road congestion can be improved by moving towards a quick and convenient mass transit system of Bus and LRT. This won’t happen overnight, but we need to get going now. This also helps us acheive our goals for a better environment, and stimulates the economy with funds entering the city from the Provincial and Federal Governments.
Bike lanes have faced criticism of in the past, although I have kept an open mind while speaking to a number of cyclists and bike lane advocates. I would like to collect data on the downtown grid on usage, especially in the winter, and the effect on the overall transportation system as whole. Consultation with the motorists and cyclists alike is necessary to find a system that works for everyone rather than one that pits us against each other. Since cyclists and pedestrians are the most likely group to be injured in car accidents in Edmonton, we need to make sure we have a safe system. I would prefer to see bikes kept a safe distance away from vehicles as much as possible and look at alternatives such as raised lanes, and wider sidewalks or multi-use paths designed specifically to share between pedestrians and cyclists.
By nature, we are fiscally responsible. Tax money doesn’t come to the city for free. It is hard-earned money from tax payers, who deserve a City Council who spend it wisely. I’m not against spending money, especially with the big picture in mind, but currently millions of dollars are being wasted, and I won’t stand for it. The economy can be stimulated with infrastructure while costs and interest rates are low, and the Provincial Federal Governments are willing to split costs.
As a City, and a Country, we have goals to be more environmentally friendly. I would like to work with the EEDC to find the the best ways to achieve our goals in a way that will also save money over the long term, plus encourage economic growth through inovation in this sector.
Taxes have risen a lot in the past and should stay right around the rate of inflation. We need to be realistic: Now is not the time for cuts, but it is also not the time for an increase.
We need to get Developer and Union campaign donations out of the election process, and limit spending to even the playing field. I feel so strongly about avoiding a conflict on interest, that I am refusing these donations. This means I have a much smaller budget to spend, but it is the ethical choice. We need more of that in politics.
Edmontonians deserve more input in running the city, rather than have a City that runs them. Transparency should mean easy access to information as it happens, and full disclosure before a decision is final. Information needs to be put in front of people where they will see, making the public aware of how their voice can be heard. This will allow for input before it is too late.
I will meet with the community, be active on social media, return calls and e-mail within 48 hours, have surveys, mailing lists, etc. We can have better consultation, in less time, and for less money than is being spent now. I am already walking the walk, and have proven it with the survey here.
It is time we have someone who represents what people actually want their city to be!