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Brian Skakun seeking his seventh term on city council

Brian Skakun is seeking his sixth term on city council.
Brian Skakun is seeking his seventh term on city council. File photo

Brian Skakun is seeking his seventh term on city council.

Skakun was first elected in 2002 and has often topped the polls in municipal elections since then.

“As a 54-year resident of Prince George, I understand what the issues are that affect our day-to-day lives,” he said in a statement. “I believe in transparency, and I voice my concerns fervently until they are addressed. I make myself available to the residents of Prince George through social media and other measures. I am approachable and down to earth, and I work with individuals and groups to help them problem solve and to achieve their goals.”

He recently raised the issue of the mayor and economic development officer writing letters of support to a fellow councillor for grant for his business without first passing it by council. It was at the insistence of Skakun that unearthed the overspending scandal of the downtown parkade project.

“I believe we need increased transparency and personal accountability in city council,” he said. “We need to raise the bar on disclosing personal potential conflicts to ensure we are above the legal minimum requirements. Anything less is not at all acceptable.”

He said the city needs to focus on more than providing core services like clean drinking water, sewage disposal, and paved roads.

“Together, we need to create a healthy, safe, and vibrant city, not only for residents who call Prince George home, but visitors, businesses, and those looking to join our community,” he said.

The federal and provincial governments are responsible for providing solutions for housing, shelters, and health for our at-risk population, he said.

“We cannot reduce crime, poverty, or addictions – including the opioid crisis on our own. We have and will continue to work with the B.C. government to come up with solutions to these matters.”

As the chair of the Intergovernmental Resolutions Committee, the group worked hard to get the message out to senior governments that the city needs them to do more, he said.

 

The following are the resolutions passed at city council and sent to the UBCM:

 

  • Proceeds of crime, clean-up of needles and other harm reduction paraphernalia,
  • Sharing payments from Opioid Class Action Lawsuit.
  • Overdose crisis and a call for an Overdose Action Plan,
  • Increased capacity at the National Forensic Lab Services,
  • Improved efficiencies in the prosecution of criminal offenses,
  • Comprehensive training model for RCMP members,
  • Implementing no barrier housing.

More work needs to be done regarding the rezoning and permitting process to ensure that environmental, social, and economic impacts are disclosed and discussed clearly and promptly, he added.

“Truth and reconciliation are critical in moving forward as we continue to build trust and respect with our First Nations partners.”

“If re-elected, I will continue to work hard on the taxpayer’s behalf,” he said. “I will continue to challenge policies and ask questions. If we don’t look at our shortcomings as opportunities for improvement, we will continue this perpetual cycle of mediocrity.”

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