Hello fellow Nanaimo citizens, I am Gary Korpan respectfully asking for your vote as City Councillor on October 15, or at the Advance polls October 5 and 12 at Beban Park, 2300 Bowen Road.
Nanaimo has been my home since 1967 and I truly believe that my responsibility is to serve our city in return for all the opportunities it has given me. I wish to help in our unending goal
of making Nanaimo an even better, healthier, and safe place to work and live.
I am offering my extensive training, knowledge, and experience in municipal government as a candidate
for the new City Council. My institutional memory of City operations will alert Council to issues newcomers will not be aware of. I know who to contact to solve citizen questions and problems quickly.
By any objective standard, I have excellent qualifications as a candidate for City Council. I have a degree in political science; a degree in law with emphasis in constitutional law; post graduate courses in municipal government;
20 plus years running a law practice; 9 years Nanaimo City Councillor; 15 years as Nanaimo Mayor (1993-2008); 20 years on the Regional District.
I have wide community knowledge that
would benefit the new Council ranging from City operations and budgeting, economic to environmental to social issues as well as experience in dealing with emergencies.
employment as an Auxiliary Police officer with Victoria City Police under the Law Student Police Program gives me added insight into policing and social needs. My appointment to the BC Premier's Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions gave me detailed knowledge
of the homeless crisis.
Public Safety commitments: "Citizens, especially seniors, fear
parts of our City, particularly Downtown."We all deserve to feel safe throughout Nanaimo. I commit to ensuring
City Council acts decisively on Public Safety with the following motions -
Another high priority, if you elect me, will be good governance as witnessed by the positive
cooperation of the diverse Council teams I had the honour of serving with and leading. Good decisions are based on following the fundamental Golden Rule principle of: "Treat others like you would like to be treated."
- Strict enforcement of City bylaws.
squatters from public parks and City property.
- Strongly encourage police to enforce public safety laws.
Crown prosecution of chronic law breakers.
- Strongly encourage the Courts emphasize public safety and deterrence in sentencing, especially for chronic offenders.
- Strongly encourage senior governments to include community services penalties to all breaches of their laws,
- as well
as updating all penalties to modern standards to better ensure deterrence and accountability.
Councillors should respect each other, staff, and, most importantly, the citizens they are supposed to represent.
Decision-making should be on the merits,
for the greater community good...not, as currently, favouritism to special interests.
Council needs to ensure staff are professional and work to solve peoples' problems as soon as reasonable
without harming others.
Citizen taxpayers expect and demand fiscal responsibility. I especially hate wasteful spending.
Nanaimo needs constant budgetary review of all City operations to ensure your hard earned tax money is well spent. All organizations receiving tax subsidies should undergo a detailed audit to ensure they truly deserve your money. I will recommend
the new Mayor use their authority to have all questionable funding decisions and budget line items reconsidered by
a recorded vote in open session. We should know exactly who
wastes your tax money and who acts to ensure you get good value.
According to audited financial statements available online, the City of Nanaimo spent $181 million of your money this
last year, 2021. That is a 9% increase from $166 million in 2020. With more recent inflation, including wage demands, the 2022 expenditures are expected to be substantially higher.
budgets often contain unnecessary, wasteful spending that only benefit special interest groups. Control of spending must be Council's immediate priority. Then, it must encourage investment and spur business expansion within a sustainable community that
ensures good job creation and a greater quality of life for all its residents.
I have substantial experience advocating for Nanaimo with the senior levels of government.
I will work diligently to reinstate our positive 'Shared Vision' community partnership with the Port Authority, Snuneymuxw First Nation, School District 68, the Regional District, Vancouver Island
University, Nanaimo Airport, etc.
Together, Nanaimo has a great future.
Gary Korpan, candidate for Nanaimo
Vote KORPAN, Gary Richard X