Get to Know Who's Running: Rick Comrie (Mayoral Candidate)
There happens to be a Municipal Election coming up in Edmonton on October 18, 2021, and I think it's important for locals to get to know the City Council candidates running for their particular ward (as well as their Mayoral candidates, of course). I chose to get more involved in the election this year and so wanted to give each candidate a chance to tell us a little about themselves, their vision, and why you should vote for them. I have sent a 10-question questionnaire to each of the 2021 Edmonton Municipal Election candidates and will post their responses (100% as written) here as they come in. With that said, let's get to know...
“Hello, I'm Rick Comrie. Born and raised in Edmonton. I grew up in the Pleasantview Community. I had my first business at the age of 12 delivering papers for the Edmonton Journal. My education from preschool to grade 7 was at Mount Pleasant then 8 and 9 to Avalon then to Harry Ainlay High. Then I went onto NAIT for Business accounting and marketing. Growing up in Pleasantview, I feel I won the lottery. Friendships lasting a lifetime. Like most kids, I was influenced by my environment. My Great Grandfather and Grandfather and my Dad were business owners, I was sure to follow. So sad to see Edmonton, converted to a European Municipal Model, such a misfit to western society. Edmonton was once known as the "City of Champions," a distant memory now. Edmonton was once a vibrant thriving business hub reduced to what you see today. Homelessness, crime, joblessness, business failure, etc., etc., etc. There is a solution."
I♥E/ Why do you want to run for Mayor?
Rick Comrie/ Our city is desperate for true leadership! The taxpayer is being shunned by an Ideology void of democracy.
I♥E/ Can you tell us about your past or current experiences that you think could possibly benefit/ translate to your position as a member of City Council?
RC/ My experience has taught me that I don't have all the answers but we need stability and balance but it's the taxpayers' voice that matters. Edmontonians are resilient, collectively we can manage our way through these difficult times.
I♥E/ What do you think are the 4 or 5 biggest issues facing Edmonton right now that you want to focus on most?
RC/ As I study Edmonton's current "markers" I realize how poorly the Mayor and our city councillors have performed. The last 8 years are nothing to be proud of. The Markers represent the issues. Markers are: Crime rate, Unemployment rate, Suicide rate, Business closures, Homelessness, Policing/ Budget, Administration cost, Functionality poor. These markers represent the good or bad standing in the city of Edmonton. As I study these numbers they are a major concern. Edmonton has the fourth highest crime rate in Canada, nothing to be proud of!
I♥E/ What do you think are some of the issues/struggles affecting your particular ward that you would like to focus on most?
RC/ To bring trust and faith back to Government, to allow the people's voice to be heard!! And to guard against the erosion of our rights and freedoms.
I♥E/ What are some of the city/community initiatives that you loved and would like to expand upon?
RC/ City and community initiatives, it's possible we are trying to do too much ad a re-evaluation of all initiatives needs to be looked at.
I♥E/ What are some of the city/community initiatives that you are/were against, and what would you do differently?
RC/ Same as above.
I♥E/ Do you think elected officials, such as City Councillors, should be able to block people on social media sites like Twitter?
RC/ Mayors and councillors must never be allowed to control free speech. Social media platforms and other forms of Media must be open to free speech. Our greatest threat as a country is misplaced ideology that defies Democracy.
I♥E/ When it comes to COVID-19 restrictions, what do you think we got wrong (if anything) as a city or province, and is there anything you would want to do differently (municipally OR provincially)?
RC/ I understand the chief medical officer can override the decisions of government. If that is true it should be changed. I believe the governments should have allowed society to function on a per monthly basis, open one month closed one month.
I♥E/ What is your favourite thing about living in Edmonton?
RC/ My favorite thing about living in Edmonton. Hmmm is hard to say now as I'm so disappointed. I hold the mayor and city councillors responsible, quite frankly our city is a mess!!! I blame the current mayor, he is not being honest and he is hiding "something."
I♥E/ Can you describe yourself in 5 words or less?
RC/ Honest, passionate, compassionate, sincere and trustworthy.
Thank you, Rick!
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