Name: Lyle Caldwell
Party affiliation (if any): Independent, speaking for all the citizens of Abbotsford.
Education: High School, Post Education – certified Mechanic, Management Training
Occupation: Retired, part time Ducks Unlimited
Previous political experience: Campaign Manager for two local elections, Worked at the City of Abbotsford for 36 years, working my way up from front end/service man to Fleet Superintendent. know inner workings of the City very well.
Residency (city/neighbourhood): Abbotsford
Community involvement: Abbotsford Rotary, Ducks Unlimited, Food Bank, Abbotsford Hospice Society, Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce ( Government Relations ), Abbotsford Arts Council, MSA Museum, Canada Day Parade, Operation Red Nose, Abbotsford International Airshow. Abbotsford Agrifair( Chute Club).
Marital status/children: Widowed, 2 Adult Children
Social media: www.positiveaction.ca
What do you feel are the three key issues Abbotsford voters should be considering in this civic election?
1. Controlled spending – Fiscal prudence.
2. Jobs for today and tomorrow – good paying jobs, Strong economy. Open for Business
3. Open and Participatory Government, restore trust and integrity.
What’s your plan to deal with homelessness in Abbotsford?
This is one of the hardest challenges facing the newly elected Mayor and Council. The homeless need compassion & respect. The homeless need acceptance, understanding but firmness as seen dealt by the food bank. Dignity Village is a good interim idea – although many questions still need to be answered. This step I feel will need a good exit strategy to a permanent location. This strategy needs to be expedited.
How would you make city hall more accountable and transparent?
A minimal of a weekly, or as required, media scrum to openly deal with ALL aspects of the City Hall Management and Operations, and any issues as they arise.
Are changes required in local municipal spending? If so, what are they and how would you address them?
Spending is governed by the Municipal Act. Prescribed and large expenditures should go to Public referendum. Electronic on-line townhall meetings to be held to engage ALL the public, not just special interest groups.