Jeff Atkinson Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Jeff Atkinson
Municipality: Carleton Place
Position Sought: Councillor
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Canadian Labour Congress (full time).
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: N/A
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): I’m relatively new to Carleton Place, but have a long history of community involvement and volunteerism. Vice-president and director of my community association while living in Ottawa, director of festivals committee and a working group examining future development along south Bank Street. I volunteered as a director and then as treasurer of an Ottawa-based charity focussed on youth and community services with a drop-in centre and peer-to-peer counselling.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over:
1. Keeping up with growth while honouring the Official Plan
2. Making our local government more open and accessible
3. Getting ready for the cuts (they’re coming)
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
Carleton Place is growing so fast that major infrastructure projects (water treatment plant) are being moved forward while others (bridge repairs) have moved themselves forward due to increased usage.
The official plan was developed to foster sustainable growth, quality of life and economic prosperity while protecting CP’s small-town charm and natural beauty. It needs to keep working. Pressure from growth means we need Councillors to put the town’s long-term benefit ahead of short-term gain and opportunism.
Finally, Ontario’s new government has a mandate to eliminate the large budget deficit. It is moving aggressively on that promise and others. Let’s get ready by talking with people about their priorities – taxes, fees, infrastructure, and services – when cuts to provincial funding and services happen here. We need to listen more.
Do you own (or have a stake in) or operate a commercial/industrial business in your municipality? (Including vacant development lands or rental units): No. I only own the condo unit where I live.