Positive change begins with thinking collaboratively together - the City and the community. Every conversation could begin with “Yes, we can. Let’s explore your ideas together.”

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I will work to improve the tree and urban forest policies, in order to be more responsive to tree replacement expectations and climate change pressures.

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I will continue to work to introduce programs that support developers who provide needed amenities within the city's core and surrounding neighbourhoods.

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Skateparks, spray parks and other social amenities are important to the health of our community and our youth, and must be supported.

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The community needs to work together to envision and plan for a future concert hall and civic arts space.

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I will work toward the expansion of the park system, particularly in areas with flooding risk.

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I will continue to work with Red Deer College in their efforts to gain degree granting and to further enhance their downtown campus.

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The Red Deer Regional Airport is primary to establishing a diversified economy. Expanded services must be invited and supported.

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I will continue to advocate for better transit frequency and routes within the city and region.

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I will continue to advocate for green energy use, and waste to energy strategies. We need to district energy production to create financial sustainability.

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The health of a city can be determined by examining its downtown. Through revitalization and focused effort we create a compelling heart for the community that will be a gift that everyone can be proud to share.

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I will continue to work to find ways of highlighting community priorities that provide better services for our taxes, while minimizing civic debt.

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A 1% tax increase equates to $20 per home owner annually. When we understand the community's values and carefully listen we can minimize taxes and use what is collected in a way that improves quality of life for all.

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By shifting City policy and working innovatively with the property owners we can turn brownfield sites and abandoned buildings into valuable community assets.

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Dead trees on city owned boulevards and streets should be replaced within one season.

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Utility bills should be based solely on consumption. The less you use the less you pay.

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Arts & culture lead to healthy economies and vibrant cities. As we thoughtfully help our community design and create amenities we attract new investment in Red Deer.

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People-centric projects enhance the quality of life and lead to economic stability. Careful consultation with the community can help the City with annual planning and budgeting. The most important projects should always come first.

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I support the planning and construction of a 50 meter pool as envisioned by the Central Alberta Aquatics Centre supporters.

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Endorsements

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“I intend to vote for Paul Harris in our civic election this year because I believe him to be  man of goodness, ethics and integrity.
I have watched him over the past few years advocate for our city and I love his passion and his commitment to this community.
Reading his blog this morning, I also realize how aligned I am with his vision for Red Deer. The next thirty years are going to be full of tremendous growth and that will require strong, unflinching leadership. I believe that Paul is the man to collaborate in council to navigate that growth.”
- Alyson Theissen
“Paul Harris has a vision of what Red Deer can be. He has the ability to articulate his vision and the tenacity to follow it through to realization.”- Rob Gilgan

“Paul is such a great collaborator, and he cares deeply about the future of our community. We need people on Council that understand how to work well with others and be true to the citizens.”

- Louise Helder

“Paul has such a good balance of business sense and social conscience that I believe he will bring an important perspective to discussions at City Council. His strong record regarding the environment, the importance of cultural opportunities and the need for economic development assures me that he will continue to contribute to discussions and decisions in a thoughtful manner with Red Deer’s healthy future as his goal.”

- Sheila McKay

“I know that Paul will bring a comprehensive perspective to City Council based on his extensive experience and leadership in business, arts and culture, philanthropy, and responsible environmental stewardship. His enthusiasm, commitment to collaboration and positive action in making Red Deer a great place to live and work will have an even greater impact through his role as a Red Deer City Councillor!”- Ron Woodward

“Paul is smart. I see his sincere and honest belief in the strength of community. He has a positive vision of what can be done. He knows the community; he knows what it takes to run a business. I know he will bring a fresh perspective and a renewed energy to Council. ”

- Blaine Newton

“Paul Harris understands the inner workings of his community better than anyone I know. At the same time he brings a broader, multicultural world-view to his vision. He realizes that for Red Deer and Central Alberta to make its place in the ever- expanding global environment an inclusive, holistic outlook is vital to one and all. As a Central Albertan I know that the future of Red Deer is the key for all of us in the area. Having Paul Harris on City Council will provide the kind of balanced leadership that that our vibrant community will need to move forward in a positive way. I heartily endorse the election of Paul Harris to Red Deer City Council.”

- Dave More

“Paul Harris has the unique balance of an accountable small business owner with a social conscience. He will make sure that sound business practices are utilized yet will know when compassion for fellow community members is needed.”- Lyn Radford
“A supporter of the arts, champion for the environment, and advocate for local businesses, Paul Harris gives me a reason to vote.”- Danica Hoffart
“I’ve known and watched Paul work for 13 years. I continue to be impressed with his innovation and reasoned ethical approach to business development and social responsibility. His businesses have changed the downtown for the better. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of many community initiatives. I fully endorse and support Paul’s run for council and look forward to his participation at a municipal level. “- Craig Soderquist
“I have the wonderful opportunity to live and work in the Central Alberta region – and over the past year, have worked closely with Paul Harris as he and his colleagues facilitated the ‘Envision Innisfail’ project undertaken by the Community Services Panel and community at large in Innisfail. Through that work, he consistently reaffirmed my belief in his ability to ask good questions; encourage and facilitate discussion and debate; and then gently nudge stakeholders to agree upon positive and productive actions and directions.”- Janice Wing
Margret“I believe in Paul’s vision of an inclusive council – more ‘we’ and less ‘them and us’.” - Marg Hicks

“Over the years I’ve seen Paul’s unwavering faith in people. I respect his thinking and his ability to bring diverse people together to create great opportunities for many. Sunworks has grown and expanded and improved Ross Street because he helps people work together and gives people a chance to try. ”

- Terry Warke

“Cities need people who care for them in positions of leadership. Paul Harris is such a person; he’s done much to revitalize the downtown; he’s shown himself to be a person who listens to and works with others in the implementation of good ideas; and he is a staunch defender of both the environment and the people who depend on it. As a resident of Red Deer County, I spend both time and money in Red Deer so it is important to me that our city continue to grow in positive ways. Paul is a person who can and will help this growth to occur.”- Gail Harrison

CarlosI am inviting everybody to vote on October 21st, and support the best people, …which it is why I’m supporting Paul Harris.

It is not only due to his professional qualifications, as a City Counselor, it is also for his qualities as a human being.

Paul Harris is a guarantee to be focusing in the best interest of the people of Red Deer, a real contribution to ensure that the Canadian values of democracy and freedom will be respected and that it is possible build a greater city with diversity and respect.

Red Deer is a land of hope for many individuals and families who are working hard to be living in a city with opportunities to grow, participate, dream and smile.

A positive spirit is behind Paul Harris, his team, the citizens and new citizens who want a better city and a better future.

Carlos Gardella