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ELECTION 2015: Colin Wilson, Candidate for Barrie Innisfil Riding

Friday, September 25, 2015

Colin Wilson - Liberal Party of Canada - - @ColinWilson2015

Colin Wilson QUESTION: If elected, what will you do to help the business community in the Barrie Innisfil riding?

ANSWER: As your Member of Parliament, I look forward to working with community and corporate business owners to listen, document, and follow up on real concerns so that I can help create ever-evolving business-friendly conditions. As a small business owner myself (colinwilsonconsulting), I know the value of a supportive government that serves to ensure businesses can thrive. I look forward to engaging with local businesses on an individual basis, and participating in broader business organizations’ meetings and events – all in an effort to promote growth and foster networking. Throughout my term as your MP, I will also be dedicated to ensuring that infrastructure dollars are funneled to key areas within the region to facilitate our growth agenda. I have spent 14 years working for the federal government, ensuring that already.

QUESTION: There are distinct characteristics for each municipality in the Barrie Innisfil riding; as a resident, what are your top three priorities for each of these municipalities and why?

ANSWER: I want to ensure tourism promotion is the top priority in all municipalities. This needs to be done in a way that recognizes and underscores the unique strengths and characteristics of each of the municipalities. Be it, Big Bay Point’s distinguished marina destination, Barrie’s Old Allandale Railroad history, the shops and world-class community centres in Barrie or Innisfil Heights, the charming storefronts of Cookstown, and the rolling landscaped communities of central and south-east Innisfil. Preserving heritage, while promoting growth are two essential components to continued vibrancy and prosperity

QUESTION: How do you plan to balance these priorities and serve each municipality with their different needs?

ANSWER: Balancing these priorities can only be done by continuing to work with communities directly. As your MP, I want to ensure that I am a ‘regular’ participant, and not a ‘guest’. Opportunities are discovered when people talk about common goals and issues, and I want to be able to facilitate those opportunities through relationship-building. Connecting people with ideas to people with resources. I plan to institute an annual event that unites the people of Barrie-Innisfil around People, Growth, and Prosperity.

QUESTION: What is the most important piece of your party platform for the Barrie Innisfil riding and why?

ANSWER: Better is always possible. Interest rates for new investment are at historic lows, our current infrastructure is aging and Canada is in immediate need of an economic boost. The most important piece of our party platform is the Liberal’s historic and unprecedented infrastructure plan. This plan will ensure that fast-growing regions like Barrie-Innisfil will see a steady increase in infrastructure investment up to $9.5B annually. Along with this plan, comes steady and collaborative relationships with local municipalities to ensure projects are managed in a way that continues to meet the intended need. In addition, all of the infrastructure programming will require bidding companies to ensure there is ‘local’ skills training and apprenticeship programming included – that way, we continue to build a skilled workforce throughout the project life-cycle. The infrastructure programing will fall under the following three areas: Public Transit Infrastructure, Social Infrastructure (affordable housing, seniors facilities, early learning and child care, cultural and recreational), and Green Infrastructure.

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