Ron Paull

Congratulations Ron Paull You Gave It Your All

Post Campaign Reflections
By Ron Paull
Three days have passed and I suddenly realized I've been ignoring my Face book page! My bad!
First and foremost... congratulations (and I mean that!) to Mayor Mary and her new council! Well done!
I would like to highlight congrats to Ed Coleman... who, for very understandable compassionate reasons, was unable to participate in much of the campaign. In spite of that he topped the polls... true testament to his well-known good character. He will indeed be a valuable contributor to the new team! 
Although I lost by only 102 votes, I take heart in winning in West Quesnel and North Quesnel. I think my opposition to the South Quesnel-founded idea of a parcel tax for West Quesnel Land Stability was the second factor that did me in.
Obviously the third man split was the first factor, but once I had announced my candidacy, I was committed. I tried to talk him into running for council, as he would have been a shoe-in. He said he couldn't afford to be just a councillor.
To win over an incumbent in a three-way race on a cold, windy and icy day is a long shot at best! The reality of my last council meeting on the 28th of November is sinking in... although I will only be able to sit in for a short while, as I will be working at our annual Rotary Auction that evening, too.
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The PAUL-itician hits the streets of Quesnel


Mayoral candidate Ron Paull has just published his latest edition of The PAUL~itician which hit the streets and mailboxes of Quesnel voters Monday, November 14th just four days before the upcoming civic elections on Saturday, November 19th, 2011.
Paull's PAUL~itician is a colourful, humorous, down-to-earth and informative four page brochure in a newspaper format that touches on many of the most relevant issues of concern to voters in Quesnel. Look for it around town or just click on the highlighted title above and read in online.


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Paull Plan for Multi Centre includes Contingency Option



October 30, 2010

Quesnel mayoral candidate Ron Paull, in his commitment to comment on issues in the November 19 civic elections, has released his position statement on the proposed Multi Centre. Paull said that in the last two elections, this was a major plank in his platform, as it is today. He noted he and wife Pat Morton held season tickets for Quesnel Millionaires hockey and now for the Kangaroos. They are also season ticket holders at Theatre Northwest in Prince George, but would prefer to stay home for their live theatre fixes. Paull was also a founding member of the Quesnel Theatre Action Group. “Under my leadership, the Multi Centre will be higher priority than before. We have just two years left in our five-year window from the ‘08 referendum. Let’s get moving!”

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Quesnel now has a choice. Ron Paull joins Mary Sjostrom in race for mayor's chair


Quesnel now has a choice.

Ron Paull joins Mary Sjostrom in race for mayor's chair


by Arthur Topham

'In our age there is no such thing as "keeping out of politics."
All issues are political issues....'

~ George Orwell

One of the hallmarks of the democratic process has always been the freedom of citizens to choose their elected leaders. Fortunately for the City of Quesnel, embroiled in political controversy over the past year thanks to internal conflicts over the spending habits of Mayor Mary Sjostrom and other council members as well as other issues to do with transparency and policy, the voters will now have the option of either returning the old guard or cleaning house and beginning anew.

That choice was made possible on Saturday, October 8, 2011 when long time city councillor Ron Paull decided to officially toss his hat in the ring and commit to running in the race for mayor of the Cariboo's Goldpan city.

Mixed metaphors aside the Sentinel is delighted to see that electors will now be presented with the possibility of genuine debate over any and all the longstanding grievances that have plagued the municipal council since the spring of this year when revelations first emerged that there was growing dissension within council ranks regarding the accounting procedures and expenditures of taxpayer's money.

For all of this of course the voters are indebted to the city's finance chair Councillor Sushil Thapar who was standing on guard over the coffers of the taxpayers and first brought to light the issue of how their money was being spent and calling for greater financial restraint and accountability.

Then, on top of the issue of spurious spending was the additional disclosure that the City Manager's position had been filled without all the council members having been fully informed of the fact that the successful candidate, John Stecyk, former Yukon Highways deputy minister, had been fired by the government through an order-in council back in January of 2007 after federal Auditor General Sheila Fraser's office revealed a number of critical areas where mismanagement of both funding, planning and strategy had occurred within the ministry of Highways and Public Works.

This information was brought to the public's attention in a letter to the editor of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer on June 21, 2011 by Sentinel publisher Arthur Topham. The upshot of it was that within a week of the letter having been printed the Sentinel publisher received a letter from Quesnel's Vancouver law firm of Murdy & McCallister informing him that Mayor Sjostrom expected a formal apology for having written the letter or else he would face a defamation suit compliments of city taxpayers.

It is due to such developments that the vital issue of freedom of choice is so relevant in today's turbulent and ever-changing political world. Now that Councillor Ron Paull has made his mind up to offer Quesnel voters a choice this coming November let's hope that the city's voting population will take advantage of their good fortune and in turn, exercise their democratic right by becoming involved in the issues and making the best choice for their city when the civil elections take place.

The Sentinel wishes all the runners in the upcoming campaign ahead the very best and commends them for their dedication and commitment to the public interest.


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


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.


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.’ ”


Ron Paull, Candidate for mayor – City of Quesnel

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