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MEET THE CANDIDATE: City council candidate Tony Goulet

Tony Goulet answers questions posed by the Quesnel Observer
Tony Goulet. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer photo)

1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

2. What part of Quesnel’s Official Community Plan do you care about most and want to see action on?

3. What solutions or ways forward do you see to address concerns around crime, affordable housing, transportation infrastructure and homelessness in our community?

4. What do you think needs to be done to attract and retain professionals such as health care providers in our community?

5. What are a few fun facts about yourself?

1. I was born and raised in Quesnel. Married, with two sons also all born and raised in Quesnel. I am currently a School District 28 trustee and City councilor. I am a proud Métis. Graduated here, left for a year and received a diploma in Business Information Management. Returned to Quesnel and delivered chips and bread to various businesses in the area.

2. Housing and affordable housing is a huge part of the plan. I believe in a strategy on promoting new developments and creating new ways to dialogue with the community. Trying to keep the taxes low and affordable, is a challenge, providing the same services to the community, as inflation rates soar out of control. Building and allowing contractors new developments, every time a delay the costs increase.

3. We as a community need to develop and work with all stakeholders, Indigenous leaders and elders, and public around a “Harm Reduction Strategy.” It’s not an easy task by any means, and this is not unique to Quesnel. As a City we need to be very proactive in our approach, find a way to balance services for mental health and addictions, and work with the province to find funding solutions. I believe when we are able to balance services, housing will come.

4. Promote the City of Quesnel – this is a great place to live, play and work. Continue the work in investing in our amenities – showcase Quesnel. Make professionals feel part of the community. Make Quesnel an exciting place.

5. Love to jig. Always smiling. Positive attitude. Raised my hand at a Métis meeting, don’t know what I was thinking, to become the president of the North Cariboo Métis Association.

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