Get to Know Who's Running: Andy Andrzej Gudanowski (Ward Dene)
There happens to be a Municipal Election coming up in Edmonton on Monday, 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...
|Andy Andrzej Gudanowski
“Andrzej Andy Gudanowski Intend to RUN for Federal MP Edmonton Griesbach Election 2019 October 21. INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE. Moderate Conservative Views. Andrzej Gudanowski already twice run as a candidate for the Edmonton city council and the third time He runs for Alberta MLA. He is and has always been devoted to the people. That’s what being a Political Candidate is all about. Conscientiousness, Courage, Responsibility. After years of experience, he created a political 500 pages program, with 31 chapters to make a positive change in the lives of Alberta and Canadian people, families, women, seniors & disabled-people and young generation of Alberta and Canada. Andrzej Gudanowski is now taking it to politics again. It’s this intense dedication, passion, and devotion that fuels their fight for change. To harness the collective strength of all Alberta and to ensure everyone has the support they need to achieve their dreams. Explore and learn more about the issues that Andrzej Gudanowski Intend to introduce to the people of Alberta and Canada. The entire program of 500 pages for Alberta and Canadian people will be published one month before the election. REMEMBER, He is for you, he is for your Family."
I♥E/ Why do you want to run for City Council?
Andy Andrzej Gudanowski/ I'm just fulfilling my civic duty, duty to God, People and the Country. Every Christian who has reached the age of 45 should do the same. Should be devoted himself to the local community, city or country. The Canadian constitutional law also expresses the obligations of the citizen. Therefore, every adult citizen of Canada should take an active part in the social and political activities of the country.
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?
AAG/ This is not my first election in Canada. For the first time, I took part in the 2013 Edmonton City Council elections. Unfortunately, I was not lucky. As a candidate, I ran again in the 2017 Edmonton City Council elections. Unfortunately, this time the voters thought otherwise. I fulfilled a similar civic duty twice in 2019 in the provincial elections and a few months later in the federal elections.
The current Edmonton City Council election is my 5th election in Canada. Throughout this period, between 2010 and 2021, I created 81 projects for citizens. Unfortunately, these projects never saw the light of day, because that was the will of voters and elected politicians.
For years I have been practicing natural medicine. I think that my medical knowledge will be very useful and help my community, especially now during the epidemic (COVID - 19) I also have a lot of knowledge in the field of food, hospitality, and the Roman Catholic religion. I am interested in music, singing and martial arts.
I♥E/ What do you think are the 4 or 5 biggest issues facing Edmonton right now that you want to focus on most?
AAG/ COVID - 19, Crime, Homelessness, High Prices, Lack of Motivation and Responsibility among Citizens, New Emigrants.
I♥E/ What do you think are some of the issues/struggles affecting your particular ward that you would like to focus on most?
AAG/ COVID – 19, Crime, Unemployment, Lots of low-income families, High Prices (Rent, Food, Utility, Taxes, fuel, family expenses), Citizens Passivity.
I♥E/ What are some of the city/community initiatives that you loved and would like to expand upon?
AAG/ To further modernize public transport, Establish Edmonton as a university and academic city. Establish a special economic zone for the city of Edmonton.
Some Edmonton communities need to be rebuilt immediately and some communities only need to be just improved. I noticed a clear lack of social structures, no civic cooperation, no mutual assistance, and no contacts between neighbors.
I wish I could have closer contact with citizens. Now it is not enough.
I♥E/ What are some of the city/community initiatives that you are/were against, and what would you do differently?
AAG/ Colosseum - The building is empty. It costs around $5 million in public money a year to maintain.
Ideas for using the building: Establishment of an international shopping gallery, adopting a building for Edmonton senior center. (Flats, shops, sports center, clubs of various interests). Designate the building for the Citizen Forum. Build a botanical garden, or convert to a new large planetarium. But most of all turn it into a residential building.
Public Transport: Too little underground, too much above ground. In some places in Edmonton, badly placed railroads paralyze traffic. Public transport in Edmonton is not profitable.
There are cities in the world where public transport is profitable. There are cities in the world where public transport is free.
Edmonton residents pay high prices for water, garbage and sewage? Low-income families pay high rents. We have High taxes on private property. There are no parks for seniors.
Establishing new names for electoral districts by councilors was only a waste of time. This act did not improve the lives of citizens, did not bring any economic benefits for the city, and did not bring any financial or moral benefits for the citizens.
I♥E/ Do you think elected officials, such as City Councillors, should be able to block people on social media sites like Twitter?
AAG/ How could that make any sense? Of course not! Councilors already have many duties, and they do not fulfill many of them. Granting a decision to the city council to block people on social media only can make their daily work for the city even more difficult and complicated.
In our country we already have enough institutions and agencies that already carry out this work, let's give them a chance and let them do their job. I have nothing against the city councilors being an advisory body on this matter for these important institutions: (Governmental national security agencies, judiciary, police etc., etc.).
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)?
AAG/ COVID-19 is a humanitarian catastrophe, an epidemic, I don't see the difference between war, great fires or great floods.
I have prepared enough projects to satisfy not only our city, but also provincial and federal authorities.
I will present my COVID-19 program to the City Council. The main idea of the program is to create some kind of civic discipline, and to educate citizens to build a strong immune system.
I will appeal to the city council to establish civic centers where citizens will be able to obtain medical, psychological and legal help for free in one place.
As the father of communities, I will help them rebuild their social structures, and elect people to the community council.
I would like the public to be informed on an ongoing basis about how people get infected, where they get infected and when they get infected. The media do not give this information at all, and they are very helpful in our everyday life. Of course, the privacy principle will still apply.
I♥E/ What is your favourite thing about living in Edmonton?
AAG/ I've been living here for 13 years. Here is my life and my heart. I am the father and the husband of a family of six. Here I am involved in social and political activity, here I practice natural medicine, and here I have participated many times as a candidate in city council elections, provincial and federal elections.
Whenever I look at the city from my car window, I feel satisfied that I so often wanted to be one of the fathers of this city. And although I never became one, I never gave up hope. I have the feeling that I am always the father of this city.
I♥E/ Can you describe yourself in 5 words or less?
AAG/ Justice, Faith, Healing, Courage.
Thank you, Andy!
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