ELECTION 2014: Candidate QandA with Dunstan Browne

Candidate QandA with councillor candidate Dunstan Browne

  • Fri Oct 31st, 2014 8:00pm
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Dunstan Browne

Dunstan Browne

Occupation: Lawyer

Background:

• Born and educated in South Africa

• Served nine years as councillor in the capital city of Natal

• Canadian citizen since 1985

• Completed six-year appointment with B.C. Securities Commission

• Practicing lawyer and a qualified mediator

• North Saanich resident for over 25 years

• Married to a beautiful lady, father of four, grandfather of six and owner of a very indulged poodle

1.  Why are you running for Council?

I am running because I think North Saanich is an extraordinary place in which to live.

I want it to stay that way.

I also wish to see it become inclusive of all people from all walks of life, young, old, working or retired to have the opportunity to enjoy a full quality of life here.

2.  What are your top three issues to tackle, if elected?

• Municipal spending, maintain tax rate as we have done this term.

• Ensure Sandown doesn’t become a millstone around the necks of residents

• Truly affordable housing/age in place housing.

3.  What are your priorities for housing policy in North Saanich?

North Saanich is a place where people live; we must ensure there is a range of housing options to keep a diverse community, but only in appropriate areas that do not impact the rural atmosphere.

4.  What are your thoughts on industrial, residential and agricultural balance in North Saanich?

Our priority should be to continue our present policy of maintaining the rural atmosphere of North Saancich but balancing this with business and industrial activity in designated areas to help keep our taxes low and housing options for all residents.

5.  What can residents expect of your behaviour on council this term?

I respect anyone who is willing to spend the time working for the municipality and I will treat them with respect where that is deserved.

I won’t always agree but will always listen with an open mind to other points of view.