CONTRIBUTION · 25th October 2011
Dr. Bruce Bidgood
Five Questions from the Terrace Daily:
We are asking each of the Candidates in the upcoming election 5 questions. The questions are reprinted below.
What is the most significant reason you are running for Council?
I am not a one-issue candidate! My overarching motivation for running for Council involves a desire to give back to my community and a commitment to balanced and fair decision-making for the benefit of Terrace. I know, not very sexy! I have a long history of voluntarism and community service and I can find expression of this altruism by serving on Council. I believe that I bring a particularly balanced approach to decision-making including evaluating all City projects not only in terms of their economic benefit but also with respect to their impact on the environment and the social/cultural well-being of our community. I make decisions slowly, methodically and base them on the best available research to ensure that in our haste we do not make mistakes that will tax our community’s future. Would you expect any different from a Professor? My conviction to the principle of social justice calls for me to give voice to those who are not well-represented in Municipal politics and to advocate for a social minimum to ensure the human dignity of all of our citizens.
You can find out much more about my political motivation/platform by visiting my facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/groups/Bidgood/
What issue in our community do you see as the largest hurdle for the success in Terrace?
One of Terrace’s largest hurdles is also one of greatest strengths….our location! We are sided by two remarkably profitable port communities to the south and west and located below one of the richest mineral areas in North America. “Stuck in the middle with you!” Terrace is the service/infrastructure nucleus…..we often say we are the “hub”….we need to start acting like it. We have the airport. We have the services. We have the educational facilities. We have the heavy industrial know-how. I think we need to start positioning ourselves better to take advantage of the economic opportunities all around us. Let’s market our services. Let’s advocate for the province to put more government offices here. Let’s educate our people for port, LNG, technical, industrial and mining jobs. I think our economic destiny will also be tied to our ability to get the province to listen to our calls for a Regional revenue-sharing agreement like Fair-Share; Dawson creek does not have oil or gas fields but benefits from the surrounding activity by providing industry with its infrastructure. Why not Terrace! Finally, and maybe most importantly, we need to stop lamenting our location and economic recession and start believing in ourselves again. There’s nothing Terrace can’t do if we put our minds to it…remember Hockeyville!
What is your stance on Enbridge, In Favour of, Opposed too or Neutral? Why?
I have opposed the Enbridge pipeline project since my arrival on Council. I believe the economic benefits of the project have been exaggerated, the environmental dangers minimized, and the level of opposition down-played. I have boycotted every Enbridge-sponsored event at NCLGA, UBCM and FCM. I am opposed to the expansion of Tarsands operations because it runs contrary to our Canadian traditions of environmental stewardship. I also believe that the “Moratorium” on tanker traffic on the Northwestern shore should be formalized in federal legislation. We need to ask ourselves, if we were not desperate for jobs and could choose any type of economic development project for our community, would we choose Enbridge? I think not!
The Co-op building is being demolished. What is your vision for the use of this land?
I would like to see mixed use of the Co-op property. Perhaps, we could divide the property into 3 approx. one acre parcels. Sell one! Maybe look at a PPP (public-private-partnership) for another! And, dedicate one to community purpose to honour the memory of the Co-op. We will need the revenue from one or two lots to develop the third. We also need to remember the hard lesson learned from the Co-op property!
I’m not even exactly sure what Potpurri is….it’s all those different flowers when mixed together produce a great scent right…..ok, I’ll give it a shot! I like this as a metaphor for diversity and community. One of the best community assets which we have seen grow during our term of office has been Skeena Diversity. The events which they have hosted including the Medley nights have inspired cultural curiosity and brought our community together. The same could be said about National Aboriginal Day in George Little Park. Terrace Beautification also assembles a broad array of people to work for the improvement of our community. Hockeyville was a testament of our ability to come together. Terrace is one of the most culturally-blessed, talented and altruistic communities in which I have ever lived. Someday, I would like to see a concrete tribute to this spirit through a Community Centre that would celebrate Multicuturalism, First Nations Heritage and Community Spirit; maybe call it the Loggin Centre!
Terrace Drivers Response
Comment by Dr. Bruce Bidgood on 27th October 2011
Hi Christian. The answer is yes. I have served as the City's liaison to the RCMP and gone out with them on patrol. I know that we dealt with a number of drug and alcohol-related offenses but don't really recall too many traffic-related issues. I know that we have a fairly active Traffic Division in our region. But I can't really say whether the driving practices here are comparitively worse than any other community. Sometimes as a City Coucillor....you just have to say I don't know....and go and find out.
Tanker Traffic Respnse
Comment by Dr. Bruce Bidgood on 27th October 2011
Hi Steve. First, I must confess that I am not an expert on tankers or tanker traffic. That said, No I do not oppose all tanker traffic on the Canadian Pacific Coast. In those areas where tanker traffic has been shown to be effective and enironmentally-safe.....these should continue. I think the current federal government should continue the tanker moratorium on NorthCoast BC undertaken by Trudeau and honoured by each subsequent Prime Minister. My understanding of the NorthCoast is that it includes the Dixon Entrance, Queen Charlotte Sound, Hecate Straight and the Douglas Channel. I am particularly concerned about the large "Supertankers" proposed to carry oil and bitumen in the Hecate Straight and Douglas channel because these are particulary challenging waters to navigate. An oil spill in this area would be disasterous to the environment and economy of Northern BC. My understanding is that LNG can be transported in smaller, more manouverable ships and that in the event of a wreck the product would dissipate with less deleterious effects on the environment. I am, however, open to more information on the subject.
overall, well said...
Comment by tom on 27th October 2011
Well spoken, but Dawson Creek does have oil and gas, and insofar as the Co-op and Economic Development, I think it is the politcal players responsibility to set the conditions for growth and development, not determine the development. The private sector will emerge when the conditions are there, and trying to create development without such conditions takes the historical route of the co- op and ski hill. Most of the ideas and concepts pertaining to the co op land, while nice, and visually stimulating, simply dont reflect the reality of a revenue based economic system, again, set the conditions for economic growth and the business/corproate sector(s) will develop the land. It may not be stunning waterfalls, or parkland, but it may be an entity that is generating revene for the community.
Comment by Maureen on 26th October 2011
Okay thanks for the clarification on the photo all - next time maybe a photo credit might be a good idea.
Now on to a question... What does ethical, northern economic development look like to you Bruce in concrete dollars and cents?
Comment by Dr. Bruce Bidgood on 26th October 2011
The photo appended to this article was provided by the author and was not appropriated by the Terrace Daily in any way!!!!
In response to photo source
Comment by Terrace Daily on 26th October 2011
As the article states, it is a contribution by a candidate. As we stated when we created this section for the residents of the City of Terrace, we would not be editing or make changes to the submissions, though, if requested, will "freely" give permission to all candidates to use a photo from the Terrace Daily website, no charge. It is generally considered "community service". We do not have to derive a profit from every single thing possible.
We do not "scam" photos. We have many of our own of most candidates in various engagements.
Thank you for providing us the opportunity to clarify this for all the candidates wishing to promote themselves.
Question re: Terrace Drivers
Comment by Christian Hanson on 25th October 2011
Actually this would be a good question for all candidates, but I don't know how to broach that here, so the spotlight's on you big guy!
Would you be willing to work with Terrace RCMP to step up traffic enforcement so drivers can be a bit less asinine on the road?
Someone made a bunch of youtube videos on this a while ago and Terracedaily had stories about it. Don't know where the stories went, but here's a youtube video of the driving habits:
To be fair though, I have seen marked and unmarked RCMP vehicles do the same thing things as in this video. The Terrace taxi drivers are probably about the worst drivers in town for following traffic laws!
Bruce-question for you
Comment by Steve Smyth on 25th October 2011
re tanker moratorium.....
Do you oppose ALL tanker traffic on the BC coast? Does this opposition also include the already existing (and significant) traffic in and out of Vancouver harbour? or do you just oppose new traffic proposed for one project (Enbridge)-and how about LNG tankers for Kitimat?