At Monday’s UBCO Mayoral candidates forum, the moderator asked Colin Basran the question about his lack of leadership and stated that some of his previous supporters have abandoned him and have lost confidence in him, so why should other voters still believe in Colin as a leader.

Mr. Basran replied; ‘I am not aware of any previous supporters who have abandoned me’ This is an important point of interest for Mr. Basran and local voters. Garry Benson who was formally Colin Basran’s campaign manager for City Council in 2011, has abandoned Colin’s camp and is now Campaign Manager for Tom Dyas.

“I do not support Colin for Mayor because I do not believe Colin has the necessary leadership ability to eectively engage the community, which is critical in order to be a good Mayor. I feel he has not fulfilled the commitments he has made. Working with and knowing Tom Dyas for several years I am convinced Tom is the right person to lead our city, right now. There is a clear choice of electing Tom Dyas as Mayor, a man with integrity, over the ‘status quo style’ of Colin Basran”, stated Benson.

Mayoral candidate Tom Dyas stated: “Mr. Basran is oering more of the same: continued higher taxes, no plans to address the homeless crisis in the short-term, and more growth without proper roads and infrastructure. Clearly, he has no vision and makes decisions based on what will make him popular today, not based on how these decisions will affect citizens, 10 or 20 years from now”

Mr. Dyas reiterated that once elected, he will immediately commence the process to:

  1. Engage with Residents’ Associations and other groups to obtain their views on how the City should grow;
  2. Audit the operations of the City to determine what steps can be taken to get spending under control and to bring taxes down;
  3. Make safe streets a priority;
  4. Begin work immediately on transportation issues and consult with the community to determine transportation priorities.
  5. Tackle housing affordability/attainability.

“We need to take immediate action and not rely on the statement that ‘things are going well so there is no need to change it.’ I don’t think our community believes that things are going well,” stated Dyas. “It is four years since Colin Basran became Mayor andmany Kelowna citizens have told me that they don’t feel safe going downtown, our roads are clogged and it is more difficult than ever to purchase a home.

The approximately 16% increase in taxes for the last 4 years, compounded with increased assessment values are unacceptable. Unprecedented levels of homelessness, crime and transportation problems cannot continue. “Change must happen!”, Dyas said.

On October 20th, vote for positive change. Elect Tom Dyas as your new Mayor! A man of integrity, wisdom and strong leadership! 

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