ELECTION 2014: Candidate QandA with Niall Paltiel

Candidate QandA with councillor candidate Niall Paltiel in Central Saanich

  • Nov. 13, 2014 6:00 p.m.
Niall Paltiel

Niall Paltiel

Occupation: Customer service and rental property manager.

Background: Born and raised in Central Saanich. Member of the Planning Advisory Commission. Successful business owner. Tax paying home owner. Rowing and swim coach. Saanichton Village Association Director at Large and not-for profit coordinator for the Peninsula Country Market.


1.  Why are you running for Council?

Central Saanich is my home and always has been. Like all residents, I live here because of the balance between rural character and wholesome urban centres. It is where I want to raise a family but too many people are moving away due to a lack of jobs and attainable housing. I want families to be able to stay here in the place they love.


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

1. Respect your tax dollars.

2. Maintain and grow business and attainable housing.

3. Protect our farmland.


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

It is important to consider what sort of team we send to council as we move into four-year terms. I will bring a new perspective to the council table while working in a balanced, professional, and collegial manner with other council members.

If elected, I will provide the people of Central Saanich with the level of experience, integrity and the hard work ethic that you would expect from your council.


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

While serving on the Planning Advisory Commission, I demonstrate a respect for the principles of the Official Community Plan. I want to ensure that we maintain the balance between industrial, residential and agricultural in Central Saanich. I will maintain this balance by listening to and working with our business owners, residents and farmers.


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

Council should take action to resolve the water concerns around Maber Flats. That said, the current project is large, expensive and comes with a lot of resident, ecologist and farmers’ concerns unanswered.

We need a fresh set of eyes to review the proposal as it stands. This will ensure that we will make a sound plan today that will benefit the municipality for years to come.