Election 2017 questionnaire response: Chris Christianson, Ward 11

[We sent five questions concerning green living, local economy and inclusiveness to all of the Election 2017 council candidates. We are posting their unedited responses in the order that they’re received. – Ed.]

Chris Christianson, candidate for Ward 11
Chris Christianson, candidate for Ward 11

What is the biggest challenge your Ward faces? What policy solutions would you seek if elected?

High taxes for everyone. Percentage for a tax increase based on your income of the resident.

How will you help Edmonton become a greener / more environmentally friendly city?

Planning for the LRT must be improved where it is not interrupting traffic to a point where more than ten vehicles are sitting idling waiting across the track – this is not green at all!

How will you strengthen Edmonton’s local economy and support our city’s independent, locally-owned businesses?

By drawing investment into the City with lower taxes for small, intermediate and large businesses.

How will you make this a more inclusive city and support Edmonton’s marginalized communities?

Working with the planning department to not waste space example 66 street and Anthony Henday (the ramp is built but not opened up for usage). This makes absolutely no sense, why Constituents have to go over to 50 St or 91 St to access the ring road.

How can our readers learn more about your platform, contact you with questions or concerns, or get involved in your campaign?

Platform is: We have no legal avenue in the current notification process to vote on City projects. Transparency of the current tax system in the City of Edmonton and where our tax money is being used. The planning and construction departments with the contractors as an example Epcor, Atco and City Council must all be at meetings together so that the communities affected are disrupted minimally and there are no huge costs to the Constituents for re-doing projects. Facebook Chris Christianson Edmonton, look for my picture with Ward 11 along the side, Twitter @christiansonw11