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It's a Race!!! Ron Paull declares candidacy for Mayor of Quesnel

Oct
08

It's a Race!!!

Long-time city councillor Ron Paull has decided to make it a race for mayor and give Quesnel voters a choice in next month’s civic elections.

FOR RELEASE 11:00 AM LOCAL TIME, OCTOBER 8, 2011 - QUESNEL, BC

Long-time city councillor Ron Paull has decided to make it a race for mayor and give Quesnel voters a choice in next month’s civic elections. “After nine years on council, I have come to a three-way fork in the trail… either spin my wheels for another three years as councillor, retire all together from thirty-three years of local public service or give the people a choice and grab the bull by the horns and throw my hat into the ring for mayor.” Paull said his future calling has become increasingly clear as more and more people approach him with their wish for change, as they encourage him to “go for it”.

“For some time, I’ve felt frustrated and stifled as a backbencher at the council table, as I found myself questioning and opposing much of the current direction. I finally figured that the only way I could change direction was to lead rather than follow.”

Paull says that his more than three decades of combined staff and council experience at City Hall, his intimate knowledge of the issues and how things work and should work at the local government level, along with a forty-plus year history in volunteer community service has provided him with the necessary background and connections to lead council through some very challenging times that lay ahead. “I’ve still got lots to give.”

“My leadership style would be more inclusive and transparent, from the bottom-up, rather than from the top-down. I would delegate more trust and responsibility to the rest of council. As mayor, I would stay out of staff’s way by spending less time in City Hall and more time out on the street, in the neighbourhoods and businesses, interacting directly with the people that I have been elected to serve, on their turf rather than mine. The inner sanctum mayor’s office, protected by locked doors and video surveillance is okay for some, but too intimidating for others. I want to meet folks on a more informal basis. I want to be able to personally respond to a complaint, to come out and see firsthand what the problems are. We need to track complaints and concerns so they don’t get pushed aside. I know what the staff’s jobs are and I would let them go about their work without interference. I would not micromanage.

I have no interest in seats at big city boardroom tables that have no real beneficial connection to Quesnel. I see myself as more of a grassroots, back to basics, keep it simple type of mayor. I see myself more as a people’s politician than a politician’s politician.”  

Paull says that his experience and familiarity with the way things work and should work at City Hall will help him introduce and lead at least three new members to the council team. Over the next five weeks leading up the November 19th civic elections, he has committed to releasing a series of position papers covering community issues including taxation, governance, air quality, economic development, sub regional recreation, the Multi Centre, seniors and youth, health care, freedom of information and sustainability.  

“Yes”, Paull concludes, “I admit I had difficulty stepping out of my comfort zone and taking a risk, but as Wayne Gretzky said… ‘You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.’ ”

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Ron Paull, Candidate for mayor – City of Quesnel

Home 250 992 8994

Cell 250 991 9009

ronpaull@shaw.ca
 

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Politicians feeding greedily at public trough by Jon Ferry

Sep
30

http://www.theprovince.com/business/Politicians+feeding+greedily+public+...

Politicians feeding greedily at public trough

by Jon Ferry

September 28, 2011

The Province

Mayors and councillors from across the province seem to be having a grand old time in Vancouver this week for their annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention. It's undoubtedly good for the downtown hotel and beverage trade.

But, given the worrying economy, I think they should have stayed home this year and held their meetings by teleconference, saving a ton of taxpayers' money.

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"Tough times call for tight spending" Quesnel Coun. Thapar strikes back with facts & figures

Aug
25

PHOTO: GARY SCHOTEL

[Editor's Note: The following letter was received from Coun. Sushil Thapar of the City of Quesnel. Mr. Thapar has been in the local news lately in Quesnel because of his position on city council as finance chair. Being in that portfolio Coun. Thapar is naturally privy to the financial goings on of council and found himself in the unenviable position of having to scrutinize the spending habits of some council members who appear to be going over their alloted budgets as well as living high on the hog when out of the city on council business.

Such revelations have not gone unnoticed by the Mayor, Mary Sjostrom as well as other council members associated with this current tempest who have been named in other media outlets in Quesnel. The repercussions of Coun. Thapar's transparency have been volatile to say the least with allegations flying back and forth like ping pong balls. Thapar's latest letter is a vindication of the many accusations made by Coun. Roodenburg in her letter to the Quesnel Cariboo Observer of July 15, 2011.

 

Dear Editor:

Re: Travel budget has no bearing on censure, Observer Feedback section, July 15, 2011.

Further clarification is required concerning the many comments of Councillor Roodenburg, some misleading and others I believe are  simply false.

Contrary to Roodenburg statements I was censured for asking questions publicly and it started with Roodenburg’s over-budget travel expense account.

I simply asked acting administrator, Jack Marsh why it was approved. I also asked a question of Ken Coombs regarding West Fraser Timber Park and the $18,000 as I could not recall what it was approved for.

My last concern was the Freedom of Information bill of $262 I received from the city, which I brought up at a regular council meeting. Roodenburg has a travel budget of $4,000 which she is supposed to manage and live within. It is her responsibility to decide which functions are important and to prioritize how her allotted budget is spent.

Clearly council members cannot attend every function. Her travel expenses for 2010 were actually $5639.91 (these figures were taken from cheque listings and VISA statements.)

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