Election 2018: Q&A with Doug Stuart

Candidate for the Columbia Shuswap Regional District

Current job/career: Retired CP Rail Yardmaster

Why do you live in Revelstoke?

I came to Revelstoke seeking employment, hired on with CP Rail and became drawn to the mountain lifestyle, friendly community, and amazing beauty that surrounds us. I prefer the lifestyle that small towns provide, and have found that here.

I met my wife in Revelstoke, and we both felt this was the right place to put down roots. We realized our dream to find property, build a home, and raise a family.

I feel Revelstoke is a hidden gem, and we are fortunate to have Provincial & National Parks right in our own backyard. We have a vast array of recreational activities and adventures to choose from in all seasons, and there is something to appeal to all ages.

Why are you running to be the CSRD candidate?

I’m familiar with the issues affecting rural residents, and would like to see a balanced approach on matters moving forward.

I have lived in rural Revelstoke for over 35 years. In that time we have seen steady growth and yet have retained our rural lifestyle. This quality of life is the reason people love our community. This is something I will always strive to protect.

Why do you think you are qualified for the job?

I’ve always had a passion for politics and follow current events closely. I’m friendly, open minded, and feel I can make informed decisions.

For the past 12 years I have been Alternate Director of CSRD Area B attending numerous director, committee, and city council meetings in Revelstoke and Salmon Arm.

This knowledge has given me a good insight into how governance works. I will listen to our communities’ concerns, and work hard to address them.

What issues would you want addressed if you were elected?

An important aspect I feel needs addressed is budget. We have to be very careful on any policy that increases taxes. My vision is to keep taxes low, while still having sustainable growth.

The OCP (Official Community Plan) is in need of updating to reflect the needs and concerns of our residents and businesses. The update to the OCP should be done in tandem with the city so the planning is consistent and all residents are heard.

I’m pleased the City of Revelstoke and the CSRD were able to come to a mutual agreement on the continuation of fire protection for rural Revelstoke. I wish to continue on this positive note as we go forward.

The ongoing upgrading of the Revelstoke airport for regular scheduled air service is also very important. Flying is a far better alternative to those wishing to arrive here in a quick efficient manner avoiding the unpredictable highways in winter months.

The upgrading of the Trans Canada Highway throughout the entire CSRD is ongoing. The Trans Canada Highway and Three Valley Gap corridors need additional measures to ensure safely of tourist, commercial and area residents

Recently TELUS provided high-speed fiber optic to Revelstoke. The lack of high-speed fiber optic on the Begbie Bench area is an issue that needs addressed. I will make it my mission to pursue Telus ensuring we have the same.

With one chair at a table of many, how do you plan on advocating for your constituents?

The first thing is to listen. Communication is key. We’re all in this together and I will strive for a fair and balanced approach.

In my 12 years as alternate Director I have gained knowledge & experience with the operations of the CSRD

Building strong working relationships with fellow directors and CSRD staff is an important aspect to giving effective voice to Area “B” citizens.

I think this will enable me to serve our community.

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