Lethbridge & District Labour Council:
As a municipal leader, what should the City’s role be when the decisions of other levels of government affect citizens of Lethbridge?

A

 

Burke

Answer

The City’s role should be an advocacy role, one where the City continues to show leadership at the other levels of government, and advocates for what the citizens of Lethbridge want.

C

 

Burrows-Johnson

Answer

The City should be a voice for the concerns of it's citizens, which includes speaking directly to the Provincial and Federal governments.

M

 

Campbell

Answer

To communicate the arguments on all sides to the citizens of Lethbridge. Have a dialogue. Find the best decision.

J

 

Carlson

Answer

Advocacy, first and foremost. Maintaining strong communication with other orders of government is key in ensuring our voice is heard and respected. We also play a key role in keeping our residents informed when decisions that affect them are being made.

J

 

Coffman

Answer

In situations as this, Council’s primary role is to advocate for our residents. Cuts, downloading and legislation from other orders of government can impact our community and City Council must respond in a timely manner with evidence of the impact upon our residents. Advocacy can take the form of a Resolution by City Council, meetings with our local representatives, meetings with Ministers, or participation with other municipalities either directly or through Alberta Urban Municipalities Association or the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Council has the additional responsibility of publicly examining the impact upon the budget, to determine a clear course of action.

B

 

Crowson

Answer

Lethbridge residents are regularly and strongly affected by decisions made by other levels of government so the city’s role in relation to these decisions needs to be specifically targeted depending on the issue. Roles the city can use include advocacy (alone but also with other municipal governments and with various businesses and organizations), promotion of city issues to other politicians and levels of government, supporting citizen advocates, acting as a liaison, and helping support education and communication efforts. We also need to keep involved, educated and informed.

C

 

Germshied

Answer

The city leaders should advocate for their people, and be a ligation between the citizens and the provincial and federal governments. It is the cities interests we are elected to represent, and when supported by our people our city could shine as an example to the rest of our province and country.

Z

 

Gibb

Answer

As ambassadors of Lethbridge, councillors need to stand up for the people of the city, to voice their concerns and advocate on their behalf. We need to work cooperatively with our federal and provincial governments to ensure that Lethbridge is adequately represented. We need to continue to lobby for investments within our city, and secure the best economic opportunities that we can for Lethbridge.

B

 

Ginther

Answer

The City's role is one of being the first line of discussions with the various levels of Government from Municipal to Federal. As always, the City should bring forward the best interests of the citizenry but always going to the electorate for advice/information on how best to proceed on their behalf.

M

 

Heavy Head

Answer

Advocacy on behalf of the People of Lethbridge is a key function of council. To wholeheartedly and effectively advocating for the People is a requirement of Leadership.

R

 

Hoffarth

Answer

We are all advocates for our citizens and as such it is our role to make the case for our municipality's needs and information about the potential affect that any particular decision might have for a member or segment of our community.

B

 

Hyggen

Answer

As local government representatives, City Council should continue to work closely with our Provincial and Federal levels of government. When decisions are made at a provincial or federal government level that affect the citizens of Lethbridge, City Council must work collaboratively for recommendations and solutions.

L

 

Iwaskiw

Answer

It is our responsibility to have good working relationships with other levels of government so that when we need to lobby on our citizens' behalf that we have open lines of communication. This council has those relationships and have been very successful in our lobbying efforts.

R

 

Janzen

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.

K

 

Layton

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.

S

 

MacLeod

Answer

Open communication is always the best approach to clarify a proposed decision from another level of government that impact Lethbridge's residents. As a City Council Member and community leader we must work with one voice to influence the other level of government's decision that may adversely affects the people of Lethbridge.

J

 

Mauro

Answer

Stand up, thank and applaud if those decisions are positive ones for our community but stand up and fight if those decisions negatively affect our citizens. We are elected to represent you and what is best for you. This council did just that early in the term when the drilling companies wanted to drill/frack within our city limits near a school.

D

 

Mikuliak

Answer

As an elected city council member, one of the major duties is to be an advocate for all citizens in Lethbridge. If there are decisions made at the Provincial or Federal levels that impact the city/citizens in a negative way, the Mayor and Council are the "first line" with regard to connecting with those levels of government and advocating on behalf of the citizenry. Electing representatives who are skilled in communication, collaboration and negotiation is, in my view, important.

R

 

Miyashiro

Answer

The City needs to have open communications with all levels of government, our MP and MLA's. Our role is to clearly articulate the effects of higher level decisions on our residents, to advocate for change if the effect is negative and to be gracious if a higher level decision has a positive effect.

R

 

Morrell

Answer

As we work for the people of Lethbridge, it is in our best interest to always keep the needs of our citizens as a top priority.  We need to make proper decisions, but ensure that the voice of the people is always being heard

N

 

Paladino

Answer

If decisions by the Province continue downloading on municipalities, municipalities, thorough AUMA & AAMD & C, needs to pressure the province to direct funding our way to cover expenses.

R

 

Parker

Answer

We must advocate for the citizens by making sure that other orders of government understand the effect of their decisions on our community. Our role is to make sure that we are at the table when such decisions are taking place.

H

 

PEREVERSEFF

Answer

The City must have a clear understanding of jurisdictional decisions. This would be as a result of excellent liaison with our local elected provincial and federal representatives. When these decisions affect citizens (ie Federal marijuana laws, Provincial labour laws, fire bans, etc.) the City must ensure that departments ie Police Department, Community Services Departments, are fully trained and prepared to deal with impact(s) resulting from these decisions. Committees and Town Hall meetings with citizens are paramount in ensuring communication and understanding of jurisdictional decisions, the City has to be proactive in these processes.

J

 

Pogorzelski

Answer

As with the legalization of marijuana, the city needs to support both the decisions of our government and the needs of our city. Changes don't take place overnight, and we have to have plans in place well in advance of any changes taking affect.

L

 

Saloff

Answer

Advocate for the Lethbridge citizens.

J

 

Shackleford

Answer

Council is a sounding board for our citizens and a first link to the provincial/federal governments. The recent No Drilling Lethbridge decision was perfect example of people being outraged by big oil companies and showing the province that the "power of the people" is still a force in this province. Activism is the "rent you pay" for living on this planet and our citizens showed that to the rest of Canada and the world. Politicians need to remember that the quickest way to piss off an Albertan is to "tell them what to do"

C

 

Spearman

Answer

Our role is one of advocacy for the interests of our citizens and our community. We need to have access and effective ways to communicate with decision makers at the provincial and federal level. I work tirelessly to ensure that Lethbridge is on their radar and that they are aware of our issues.

J

 

Takahashi

Answer

It is important that council have a good working relationship, including open and honest communication, with all levels of government so that we may have a solid voice at the table. The city must abide by all laws passed on a provincial or federal level. It is council jobs to work within the laws to find what works best for our vity.

B

 

Thurber

Answer

Advocate through and through, we need to work with all levels of government to obtain the most we can for our citizens. Future funding from the province and federal governments is in question and we must start now to advocate for funding for our future plans.

S

 

Watson

Answer

I believe we should be an advocate for our citizens. We need to make sure we are being heard, whether it's through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities or through local advocation. We should also help to make sure that our citizens are aware of provincial and federal public consultations that are occurring in our area.

D

 

Wiggers

Answer

I believe City representatives have a duty, collectively to speak for the city of the municipality when another level of government adversely affects City interests. It is through open dialogue and diplomacy with other levels of government that solutions become apparent.

R

 

Woss

Answer

Are you talking about the provincial level? If so- Municipal Government Act (MGA) recently went through a major review and unfortunately it did not address all the needs of municipalities. Example- sections 66 / 643 that "grandfather" past decisions were not amended in order to give a city the power to apply changes regarding land-use bylaws; urban drilling/fracking are still under provincial jurisdiction. This means we are subject to 2 levels of governance. All we can do is what we did before – fight to drive frackers out of our city. Once prov. legislation is in place its not possible.