Business a priority for Pender
CORNER BROOK Charles Pender is concerned about business.
Specifically, a lack of business opportunities and situations in which a common perception is that businesses are not welcome within the city.
Pender is campaigning door to door in his bid for mayor speaking with potential voters gauging public opinion about where the next council should go in terms of policy.
“I’m hearing that people want a change, they’re upset with the previous council and a lot of issues being pushed aside.”
He said residents are also upset about how the city is being managed and how workers are being treated. Some are also concerned about bus service and would like to see public transit expanded.
“And we can’t let those taxes go up as they have, taxes have increased significantly over the last four years,” he said. “A lot of people are saying they can’t afford to live here anymore.”
Pender said finding a balance between cutting taxes and cutting costs without reducing services is the key to the next council’s success. He said it can be done, but it needs to be done properly.
Francis wants to combat image
CORNER BROOK Being the mayor of a town is hard enough, but when that town is dogged by bad outside reviews, it’s even worse.
Donna Francis said a recent business magazine survey listing Corner Brook as an unfavourable place to live is very much on the minds of voters as she campaigns door to door. In 2011 Profit Magazine ranked the city 150th out of 180 cities with populations over 10,000. It essentially rated Corner Brook as the 30th worst place to live in Canada, which Francis said needs to change.
“The number one priority is to change how people perceive us, to change customer service levels and to change how people do business,” she said. “We need to have a strong support system and a strong working relationship with businesses that are here and hopefully word will spread.”
Francis is running for mayor after serving one term as council. The registered nurse said she is hearing a lot of voters complain about roads, guardrails and water issues, “As usual” and said with a new council problems can be solved.
“I’m hearing about a lot of undecided voters as well,” she said. “But I’m hearing a lot of support at the door, so I’m happy with that.”