District of Hope councillor candidate Q&A: Victor Smith

District of Hope: Council candidate Q&A

Victor Smith

Q1: What experience do you have that makes you suited to be a councillor for the District of Hope?

I have served on numerous volunteer committees, such as Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures and Communities in Bloom. On each of these committees I worked to ensure fiscal responsibility and maintenance plans for sustainability.

Q2: What are the two most pressing issues facing the district? How do you plan to address them? (be specific)

Affordable housing: Positive steps have already been taken on providing affordable housing, I would like to work to ensure continued movement forward.

Need for permanent jobs: While this goes in hand with the need for affordable housing, combined efforts of economic development and council is a necessary component of growing our economic base.

Q3: Many residents of Hope struggle with availability and affordability of housing and basic necessities. This is compounded by a job market with many low-paying jobs and many residents living on fixed incomes. If elected, what will you do to make Hope a place where people can live, work and play comfortably?

I would like to see the Apprenticeship Program elevated to improve training, which creates skilled labour and better-paying jobs. I would continue to explore areas where affordable housing can be constructed. Our town offers a healthy family environment that makes Hope a draw for people to live.

Q4: How do you plan to listen to and communicate with residents of Hope if you are elected? (be specific)

I am often seen downtown, talking with shop owners and people I meet. I genuinely enjoy listening to people’s ideas and what they think would improve our community. Please come introduce yourself.


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