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REPORTING · 17th November 2011
Jack Riddle
As our campaigning comes to a close I would like to wish each of my fellow candidates the very best of luck. I would like to add to that wish a wish that whoever wins will do their best to make the next council a cohesive one, that all will work together as a team for the common good of Kitimat.

In my time in the RCMP I was always involved with young adults, usually in a coaching capacity. I coached hockey in Vanderhoof, Cranbrook and Abbotsford. What I found was that the more enthusiastic I was, the more enthusiastic the players were. I would like to bring that type of enthusiasm to council.

I know that Enbridge is going to be our biggest fight but there are plenty of other issues. Health care and caring for our seniors is huge but we also have the west side road, a must if we are going to develop our port and good clean jobs so our children can stay and enjoy what we have. Perhaps we should be showcasing Kitimat as we see it, one of the last virtually untouched places in Canada. Tourism is huge business. We need to deal with our marina situation. Here we are trying to pass ourselves off as a place for retirees and we don't have a place for them to moor their boat. I can't think of any other town on the coast that has a situation as ridiculous as ours. We will deal with the unsightly premises issue and in fact that is being looked into at the present time. We need a new town hall, a place we can be proud of, finally a place that is accessible to wheelchair participants. The list goes on but mostly we need six people and a leader who are on the same page and willing to put the time and effort into making Kitimat something special. I am asking for your vote and if elected will do my darndest to accomplish this.

Finally I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to the many people involved with this municipal election and there are many. The workers at City Hall, always so cheerful and helpful, the Chamber of Commerce, a great all candidates forum and last but not least, the present Mayor and her Council.