I grew up through a period in Hamilton that witnessed the terrible decline in our historic industrial base, particularly in the steel industry and those offshoot industries. The trickle-down effect of plant closures and layoffs also impacted a once vibrant service industry. We raised a family through that period and we undertook to never let them become caught in this trap.
I want to provide ease of entry and investments for start-ups, businesses, education and research, cutting through the bureaucracy – offering places that facilitate collaborative development and make use of innovative technologies.
Places that use sustainable, environmentally conscious design principles which, like McMaster Innovation Park, continue to transform Hamilton’s vacant brownfields and put life back into those long-lost industrial and business locations.
Art and Culture
Economic growth though, isn’t just business growth. I am a strong supporter of Arts and Culture. I previously served on Marilyn Lastman’s Arts Council and developed an appreciation for the challenges that the Arts community faces, many of them fiscal in nature.
I want to improve opportunities for expanding the Arts and continuing to attract this sector and its people to Hamilton, whether it be in the further development of the downtown core, attracting major talent to the City, strengthening opportunities within our educational institutions or supporting major investments and cutting through red-tape for redevelopment projects that attract the arts community.