It has been an honour and a privilege to serve Halton Hills as Mayor. During my tenure as Mayor we have saved the Georgetown Hospital from potential closure ( 2004 ), made International news fighting harmful U.S.A. Buy American policies ( 2009 ) which in the end saved 1,000’s of Canadian jobs, stopped a major 400 series highway to be located just south of Georgetown. This would have dissected the rural area. Meanwhile two libraries, 3 ice pads, two Fire Stations have been built with the best environmental practices and most importantly completed on time and on budget. We also saw an expansion of the Georgetown Hospital completed with a new CT Scanner and improved Emergency Services. We have seen the GO Train come to Acton. All of the above successes I played a major leadership role.
Our Town’s Economy has grown significantly since I was elected Mayor in 2003. Today we have a diverse economy with over 1450 businesses and 21,100 jobs in Halton Hills. Our Premier Gateway on Steeles Ave, under my leadership, has over 5 million sq. ft. of Industrial/Commercial development. Georgetown and Acton are welcoming two more industries bringing in over 200 full time jobs to our town. Under my watch we have invested in our downtowns assisting business owners to refurbish their place of business to be more attractive through our Community Improvement Fund and there is more to come.
The Town has been recognized Nationally and Internationally for our Environmental and Sustainable practices. Last year I was invited by the Mayor of Chicago to attend the Chicago Summit on Climate Change and to speak to other Mayors from around the world on what we are doing in Halton Hills. The Mayor’s Green Plan was one of the first created in Canada.
Most recently I have appeared, on behalf of the Town of Halton Hills, in MacLean’s Magazine, Toronto Star, CBS, Evan Solomon Show, on my resolution opposing the U.S. Tariffs on Canada. My leadership to maintain and strengthen cross border trade is needed once again.
Halton Hills will be experiencing growth in the next 10+ years with the Provincial Legislated Places to Grow Act. We are prepared for it as I set up a Vision Georgetown Committee with residents, councillors and myself over 5 years ago. We now have the Secondary Plan approved and we are now poised for a well-planned and futuristic community in our Vision Georgetown Lands.
We are also having Destination Georgetown to look at future opportunities for downtown Georgetown. A made in Halton Hills Transportation Study is well under way as well as a Truck Strategy. Proven Leadership is as important as ever going forward. We have done this together as a community because I am committed to our recently created Charter of Public Engagement.
We have a great town to live in. Don’t take my word for it; Money Sense Magazine picked Halton Hills at the 10th Best Place to Live in all of Canada.
I want to continue as your Mayor. I pledge to continue to use my leadership skills as an advocate for our great community. Together, we will work to ensure that we continue to have a quality of life that is second to none.