ELECTION 2014: Candidate QandA with Jack Mar

Candidate QandA with mayoral candidate Jack Mar in Central Saanich

  • Wed Nov 5th, 2014 7:00pm
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Jack Mar

Jack Mar

Occupation: Farmer for over 50 years on the Saanich Peninsula.

Background:

Born and educated on the Saanich Peninsula. First elected as an alderman in 1987 then held a seat as councillor for nine years. Was mayor for six years and spent nine years as the Director of the C.R.D. Has been involved with agricultural organizations for over 30 years.

1.  Why are you running for Mayor?

I was encouraged to run by many people that see a need for a person with experience and knowledge of Central Saanich.

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

1. To work with the department of highways, area residents and Keating X Road businesses to develop a safe and sustainable access to the industrial area.

2. Find a solution to drain the water off the Martindale Valley so that the farmers can extend their growing season. More tonnage of produce could be grown, which would increase food security and viability.

3. Explore ways to expand affordable housing.

3.  What kind of leadership will you bring to council?

I will provide leadership in such a way as to promote teamwork so that rather than stalemates, we can move forward productively.

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

To promote industry we need better access and egress to the Pat Bay Highway. We should examine the tax rates for residential properties as they are creeping up fairly fast, but also we have to keep in mind that we need taxes to operate.

5.  Do you think council should proceed with the proposed Maber Flats project?

I support the purchase of land in Maber Flats but only at a responsible price.