My election statement

It has been an honor to serve you as a city councillor for the past 7 years.

I would like to use the skills, experience and knowledge I have acquired to serve as your Mayor for the next council term.

My educational background, consisting of a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting and an Advanced Land Use Planning Certificate with Distinction from the University of Alberta, give me a distinct advantage when dealing with the inner workings of municipal governance. My prior employment opportunities have taught me the importance of public service, hard work, ingenuity and common sense.  I have worked as a Budget Officer for the Government of Alberta, a Radio Operator for the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves, and I operated my own successful full-time local business in St. Albert for 7 years prior to be elected to council. While on council I also worked as a business consultant for a Fortune 500 Corporation.

During my time on council, I have consistently worked to ensure that our money is spent wisely and that we remain cognizant that we must always deliver value for money. I have worked to promote a culture of accountability within the city. I have sought to improve the quality of life we all enjoy in St. Albert by searching for common sense solutions to the issues we face. Solutions such as: implementing an internal auditor at the City of St. Albert, the Curbside Large Item Pickup and amending our land use bylaw to allow solar panels as a permitted land use.  I have remained focused on searching for cost-effective solutions to issues that affect our city or our citizenry.  One such solution was where I was instrumental in having our winter road sand diverted to the Edmonton recycling facility, which saved our taxpayers millions of dollars by not land filling the sand.

In addition, I took a firm stand regarding the need to replace the City Manager, and provided the needed leadership to ensure that an excellent City Manager was retained to manage our city.  I also challenged the decision to hire a sitting city councillor to a senior management position in charge of Planning and Engineering, and I worked to protect all residents’ charter right to freedom of speech by stopping the continued funding of frivolous lawsuits intended to deter residents from criticizing local government.

I am committed to serve you as Mayor for the next four year to address the issues, large and small, that our community faces. As the campaign progresses, I will release a more detailed platform however, here are some areas I would like to work on in the future:

  • I will continue to work on instilling a culture of accountability at the city.
  • I will tirelessly work to reduce our tax burden.
  • I will endeavour to improve our services by allocating resources to where they are needed most.
  • I will encourage economic development.

I am here to represent you –  please feel free to contact me and share your ideas.

 

 

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About the author

Cam MacKay was born in St. Albert and has lived most of his life in the community. Having lived in the Sturgeon and Braeside neighbourhoods, Cam has grown to truly appreciate the tight, friendly communities of St. Albert. Cam was schooled in St. Albert and believes his educational experiences here prepared him well and helped in his success while attending the University of Alberta. Cam received his Bachelor of Commerce, with a major in Accounting. While working towards his Certified Management Accountant’s designation, he was a Budget Officer for the Government of Alberta, where he learned the skills that led him to fulfill his entrepreneurial dream of opening his own business, called Open Spaces Doggie Daycare. He has successfully operated this business in St. Albert’s Campbell Business Park for the past six years. Cam appreciates how important community is and has been involved with many community groups. He thinks that community is what makes St. Albert strong and is honoured to be playing a role in this regard. He is looking forward to his position on St. Albert City Council. Cam is married and has one daughter. Cam's updated bio can be found on his campaign website: VoteCamMacKay.com

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