NOTE: This is the third instalment of CBC Sudbury's ward-by-ward series of interviews with Greater Sudbury municipal election candidates.


Matt Belanger

Matt Belanger

Matt Belanger (provided)

Age: 25

Occupation: Union Representative

Community involvement: I am a member of the Chelmsford Community Action network (CAN), a group of Chelmsford residents who hold the community near and dear to our hearts as such, contributing to ensure that it continues to flourish, making it a better place for everyone who lives there. For nearly a year I have been attending other local CAN meetings and aiding in their efforts. I am also Co-Chair and organizer of the annual Labour Day Family Fun Fest which is held in Sudbury which has been a major success for three years now having an average attendance of ten thousand people. In 2013 I proudly played a crucial role in obtaining sponsorship of 19-low income families – to the tune of over $7500 in winter clothes, food and gifts at Christmas time in which the Local Volunteer firefighters gave their time to make this happen. Keep your eyes open for the next event coming soon to support Our Children Our Future`s local families. Win or lose I will continue to volunteer every opportunity I get and do everything in my power to get those in need of help a hand up. 

Top 3 issues for whole city:

  • Aging infrastructure
  • Communication/ transparency from city hall
  • Development and growth 

Top 3 issues for your ward:

  • Roads and infrastructure
  • Health care accessibility 
  • Community services (parks, arenas, transit, ATV trials)

How would you have voted on the following resolutions from this past term... please respond with yes or no... 

(from Feb. 10, 2011) Should the city scrap its bylaw 2004-204 regulating when retail stores are allowed 

to open and close? 

This has been an issue in Sudbury for a long time and on October 27th voice heard. I as your councilor will respect the results of the referendum questions. 

(from Feb. 12/26 2012) Should the city remove the Ontario Ombudsman as it's closed meeting investigator and instead retain a firm called Amberley Gavel? 

NO, this service is offered free of charge and should be utilized. 

(from Dec. 5, 2012) Should the city continue to give each councilor a $50,000 Healthy Communities 

Initiative Fund to spend in their ward?

NO, City budgets are approved by council and this is should not be any different. 

(from Oct. 9, 2013) Should the city fast-track plans for a new arena replacing the Sudbury Arena with the aim of having the project underway by the end of 2014?

NO, I think there are more pressing issues in Sudbury that require attention over the funding of a NEW arena at this time. That being said I acknowledge it is an issue and believe council should plan accordingly. 

(from Dec. 11, 2013) Should council approve the 2014 budget with a 2.9% property tax increase?

No, this budget as all budgets should be reviewed, debated and reduced as much as possible without cutting services residents have become to enjoy.


Jesse Gaudet

Jesse Gaudet (provided)

Jesse Gaudet

Age:  22

Occupation:  Sales/Student (B.A. with a double major in political science and history)

Community involvement:  I have been part of various student associations, including most recently at Athabasca University, have been involved with numerous riding associations and am often volunteering and organizing community events.

Top 3 issues for whole city:  

  1. Public trust in our municipal government is broken.  Everywhere I go I hear that people simply can't trust their Councillors. That is why I have proposed 3 new accountability measures: returning the Ontario Ombudsman as the city's main oversight office, creating a Councillors code of conduct to ensure city Councillors are held to account, as well as having a mandatory review of all city programs and city services to find savings, which can be passed on directly to citizens in reducing property taxes.
  2. The current government has been unable to work effectively together.  There has been no consensus whatsoever and no long term planning.  As someone who is able to easily build bridges and connections with people, I believe I am capable of working with other Councillors and the mayor to get work done and plan for Sudbury's long term growth.
  3. Taxes have been on the rise for years in the city, with little to no new services having taken place. Throughout my campaign, as I have gone door to door, citizens have spoken about the need to reduce taxation.  That is why I am committed to finding cost savings, with those savings being passed on to citizens in the form of lower property tax increases

Top 3 issues for your ward:  

  1. Roads and infrastructure: There is a great need to address the roads issues, with several streets and infrastructure projects becoming extremely aged.  The focus for years has been on giving better roads to Sudbury, while neglecting the outlying areas such as ward 3 ( for example, Second Avenue, Lasalle Blvd etc,).  That is why I plan to setup a public forum - for citizens to issue complaints and prioritize infrastructure needs and to fight to make sure that Ward 3 gets an adequate amount of roads and infrastructure projects.
  2. Getting a fair share:  One common message I heard in our ward is that since being amalgamated, Sudbury has taken priority over outlying areas like Ward 3.  That is why I am committed to listening and working hard every day to ensure ward 3 receives its fair share.
  3. Transit:  People in ward 3 rely heavily on transit to move around the city, from work to school and everything in between.  Transit to ward 3, however, is not frequent at all, and very unreliable to get to other areas such as Sudbury.  That is why ward 3 needs more frequent, reliable transit to get its people moving and to ease the flow of people and services.

How would you have voted on the following resolutions from this past term?  Please respond with yes or no.

(From Feb. 10, 2011) Should the city scrap its bylaw 2004-204 regulating when retail stores are allowed to open and close? 

Voters can decide this issue through referendum in this upcoming election

(From Feb. 12/26 2012) Should the city remove the Ontario Ombudsman as it's closed meeting investigator and instead retain a firm called Amberley Gavel? 

No

(From Dec. 5, 2012) Should the city continue to give each councillor a $50,000 Healthy Communities Initiative Fund to spend in their ward?

Yes

(From Oct. 9, 2013) Should the city fast-track plans for a new arena replacing the Sudbury Arena with the aim of having the project underway by the end of 2014?

Yes

(From Dec. 11, 2013) Should council approve the 2014 budget with a 2.9% property tax increase?

No

Website: http://www.jessegaudet.com/


Gerry Montpellier

Gerry Montpellier (provided)

Gerry Montpellier 

Age: 50

OccupationAppraiser, Marine Surveyor & Professional Auctioneer

Community InvolvementI am a professional auctioneer, throughout the years, I have freely donated my time when possible to support many beneficial causes including Sick Kids Hospital and Sudbury Food Bank.

Top 3 issues for the city:

  1. Accountability
  2. Cutting red tape
  3. Making the city services user friendly

Top 3 issues for the ward

  1. Road maintenance
  2. Bus service
  3. Delivery of city services

How would you have voted on the following resolutions from this past term?  Please respond with yes or no.

(From Feb. 10, 2011) Should the city scrap its bylaw 2004-204 regulating when retail stores are allowed to open and close? 

The referendum questions are currently on the ballot. They will make their decision and I will support my constituents.

(From Feb. 12/26 2012) Should the city remove the Ontario Ombudsman as it's closed meeting investigator and instead retain a firm called Amberley Gavel? 

Accountability is of the utmost importance, city hall needs to be transparent and accountable.

(From Dec. 5, 2012) Should the city continue to give each councillor a $50,000 Healthy Communities Initiative Fund to spend in their ward?

The fund is an essential part of our communities to help with projects. Counsellors must be accountable to the public with the dispersion of money from the HCIF. The HCIF should be allocated on a yearly basis, with surplus returning to the city and not rolling over to the end of the 4 year term.

(From Oct. 9, 2013) Should the city fast-track plans for a new arena replacing the Sudbury Arena with the aim of having the project underway by the end of 2014?

Everyone realizes that the Sudbury arena will have to be replaced in due course. City council needs to plan properly and use diligence as there are many other public facilities that require attention within our wards.

(From Dec. 11, 2013) Should council approve the 2014 budget with a 2.9% property tax increase?

The current council made their decision on the facts available at the time to best serve their constituents and the issues of the current time. New budgets will have to be properly evaluated at their time by the new council.

Website: www.votegerrymontpellier.ca


Marcel Montpellier

Age:  64

Occupation:   Self Employed

Community involvement:  School Board Trustee for 20 years , Regreening Projects,  Coach Minor Hockey and Men and Women Fastball  Association

Top 3 issues for whole city

  1. Accountability
  2. Transparency and Accessibiity 
  3. Business Development - Growth    

Top 3 issues for your ward:  

  1. Leisure and Recreation Facilities
  2. Bus Transportation
  3. Belonging to Greater Sudbury

How would you have voted on the following resolutions from this past term, please respond with yes or no.

(From Feb. 10, 2011) Should the city scrap its bylaw 2004-204 regulating when retail stores are allowed to open and close?

Yes

(From Feb. 12/26 2012) Should the city remove the Ontario Ombudsman as it's closed meeting investigator and instead retain a firm called Amberley Gavel? 

No

(From Dec. 5, 2012) Should the city continue to give each councillor a $50,000 Healthy Communities Initiative Fund to spend in their ward?

No

(From Oct. 9, 2013) Should the city fast-track plans for a new arena replacing the Sudbury Arena with the aim of having the project underway by the end of 2014? 

Yes

(From Dec. 11, 2013) Should council approve the 2014 budget with a 2.9% property tax increase.

No