Name: Moe Gill
Party affiliation (if any): none
Education: Mission High School
Occupation: Farmer and City Councilor
Previous political experience: Seventeen years on Council
Community involvement: Numerous Committees, Boards and Rotary
Marital status/children: Married 45 years , 2 children, 4 grandchildren
Contact phone number: 604.807.1531
Please answer the following question as briefly as possible, not exceeding one sentence.
What do you feel are the three key issues Abbotsford voters should be considering in this civic election?
1. Public safety, policing and fire services resources.
2. Homelessness in Abbotsford.
3. Abbotsford’s economic performance.
What’s your plan to deal with homelessness in Abbotsford?
The homeless in Abbotsford have not had their needs properly addressed . I believe that we need to not marginalize them further than they have already been. It was and is unacceptable to not recognize that there are a mixture of reasons people are homeless ( poverty, mental illness etc. ) We need to coordinate the government and community resources to provide physical and social solutions.
How would you make city hall more accountable and transparent?
The city governance structure exists wherein Mayor and Council formulate public policy and bylaws and management and staff manage and implement the policies and bylaws. We need to increase the Public’s trust that both Mayor and Council have full and timely access to information and data to properly evaluate and make good decisions .
Are changes required in local municipal spending? If so, what are they and how would you address them?
Municipal spending is allocated through the Budget. Recent Budgets have held spending in line. Certain annual and multi-year spending is locked in by contracts and other agreements. It is not so much that changes in spending need to occur , rather , it is that more funding from Provincial and Federal levels of government for infrastructure and other needs ought to be effectively pursued .