Council candidate Dick Harrington

City of Chilliwack: Harrington, Dick – council candidate: Harrington hopes to build a better Chilliwack

Dick Harrington.

I’m running for council to build a better Chilliwack for all.

My platform has three pillars to do just that.

1. Open government and democracy

Too many decisions in Chilliwack are made in-camera, behind closed doors, without public input or media coverage. This is wrong and anti-democratic. Good government is transparent government, and all citizens should be able to see and hear the debate that goes into all council votes — especially on controversial matters.

If elected, I will introduce a motion to mandate that all votes made by Chilliwack city council are taken publicly and only after at least half an hour of public debate by the council.

2. Free municipal WiFi

Access to a fast, cheap internet connection is as necessary for commerce as free roads and bridges were fifty years ago. If I elected, I will work to bring free, fast WiFi to all of Chilliwack.

My free and fast WiFi policy will create jobs, empower local entrepreneurs to start businesses, and diversify the regional economy. Students, seniors, and existing businesses will all benefit from access to fast and free internet.

3. Downtown revitalization

For too long, the old boys’ club in Chilliwack have ignored the urgent need to revitalize and redevelop the historic downtown. Council has let slum landlords do nothing while their buildings decay, forcing downtown businesses and residents to deal with increased crime and crumbling infrastructure.

If elected, I will immediately move to begin a downtown revitalization effort and support those efforts already underway. By engaging all stakeholders, the city can provide the leadership necessary to get things done and start building a better Chilliwack.

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