COUNCIL: Barkman, Les

City of Abbotsford: Barkman, Les - council candidate

  • Oct. 24, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Name: Les Barkman

Party affiliation (if any):

Education: Lakehead University

Occupation: Full time City Councillor

Previous political experience: two terms as Abbotsford City Councillor

Residency (city/neighbourhood): Abbotsford (North Gladwin)

Community involvement:

Marital status/children: Married have two sons


Social media: Facebook

What do you feel are the three key issues Abbotsford voters should be considering in this civic election?

1. homelessness issue

2. spending tax dollars, but provide quality services

3. property taxation – B.C. Assessment needs to review qualifications for different classifications

What’s your plan to deal with homelessness in Abbotsford?

Take all information from Mayor’s task force. My four year of research, working in cold weather shelter, spending time on the street listening to people, take the data and make a decision that will change people’s lives.

How would you make city hall more accountable and transparent?

We must not become complacent and away be willing to become more efficient.

Are changes required in local municipal spending? If so, what are they and how would you address them?

Spending changes must happen as the needs of the city change.