CBC Sudbury's ward-by-ward series of interviews with Greater Sudbury municipal election candidates.

Fern Bidal

Fern Bidal (provided)

Fernand Bidal

Age: 65

Occupation: Retired Financial Manager

Community involvement:

2010 to present - member of audit committee Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario, Knights of Columbus council 10602 – member, Member Golden Age Club (Club d'âge d'or de la Vallée)

Top 3 issues for whole city

  • bring respect back to city council    
  • strong leadership     
  • restructuring of administration and operations

Top 3 issues for ward 6 Hanmer - Val Therese:  

  • respond to all calls from residents
  • improve road conditions and future traffic circulation    
  • participate in the implementation of strong budgetary controls

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?

No in February 10, 2011

(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?

Definitely not

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

This practice in its present form is anti-democratic because it does not give every candidate equal opportunity.

(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

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

No


Kevin Brault

Kevin Brault (provided)

Kevin Brault

Age: 26

Occupation: Laurentian University: Security, Risk Management and Parking Service

Community involvement: Charitable activities of St. Kevin's Parish, volunteering for specific charities ex Answering phones for radio-athon for hope, and collecting donations at Festival of Lights.

Top 3 issues for whole city:

  • Trust in council, staff management relations
  • CGS operations in general
  • roadwork value for dollar and lack of proper guarantees on roadwork projects.

Top 3 issues for your ward:

  • Representation of Ward 6 and all outlying areas at council
  • councillor availability to residents
  • Maley Dr. extension 

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 electorate will decide

(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, but with changes

(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. Where is the money coming from?

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

Yes, because of a failure to cut costs it was necessary. 


Rene Lapierre

Rene Lapierre (provided)

Rene Lapierre

Age: 41

Occupation: College Professor/coordinator & Advance Care paramedic

Community involvement:  VP - Sudbury Manitoulin Foster Parent Association (2008) , Coach - Valley East Minor Baseball Association (2006 - 2011), Coach - Valley East Basketball Association (2006 - 2008), Coach - Valley East Soccer Club (2004 - 2005), President - Greater Sudbury Paramedic Association (2002 - 2005)

Top 3 issues for whole city:

  • Better accountability & transparency
  • More economic growth for our City
  • Improved public transportation

Top 3 issues for your ward:

  • Better maintenance and/or replacement of aging infrastructure
  • Proper road maintenance and improvement
  • Ensure Howard Armstrong Center is repaired to its original beauty.

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. I truly believe to let every independent business operator decide on their own the days and times they would like to be open for business.

(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. I would like to see the Ontario Ombudsman reinstated as the close door meeting investigator.

(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. All funds should be decided at the budget process. Councillors should not have funds such as these to spend at their leisure.

(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. Greater Sudbury has its own OHL team and hockey is a big winter sport for us. I am not sure how long our old arena can hold up. Replacing the old arena with something new could also bring better events for our entire community to participate (i.e. concerts, trade shows ext..)

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

As you are aware the 2014 budget has already been approved. 2.9% cannot be tolerated going forward.


Andre Rivest

Has not yet returned the CBC candidate questionnaire