Why are you running for council?
Labrador has been very good to my family and me and the reason I first involved myself in politics was to be able to give something back to this "Big Land " which I proudly call home. I am running for Mayor because I care about the future of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. I care about the future of our children and our grandchildren. I have always enjoyed my time in municipal government because I feel it’s closest to the people. Since retiring from provincial politics in 2011, I now have the time to once again volunteer my services and to give back to my community, while putting to work for its citizens the experience, knowledge and contacts I have gained from my years in political life. For some 23 years I have been voicing many important issues on behalf of the people of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and central Labrador. For 15 of those years, I have served in various capacities with the town council of Happy Valley-Goose Bay as its Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillor. I have served as president of the Combined Councils of Labrador, as well as served as National Director for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities representing the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
What are your top three priorities?
* 5 Wing Goose Bay - Since my time in public office I have been a champion for our Base, as it has been — and still is — the economic engine for Happy Valley-Goose Bay and the entire Lake Melville region. We must remain vigilant to insure we protect the 400 jobs, while pressing the Federal Government to continue to "grow the business" to an "operational requirement" for the Department of National Defence.
*Fiscal Responsibility - As an elected town council we are responsible to insure that we provide adequate services at least cost to our citizens — the taxpayers.
*Maintain and improve Municipal Infrastructure - Over the last number of years we have seen substantial improvements to our municipal infrastructure within our community, but more must be done. We must insure that all areas of our community have good drinking water. We must continue to maintain and invest in our recreation facilities and the time has come for us to begin the process to established a new "Aqua Recreation Complex" to replace the old, rundown Labrador Training Center. In the provincial budget of 2011 — and as the Minister of Labrador Affairs — I secured $300,000 for the engineering and conceptual design for such a facility, only to see the council of the day turn down the money and the opportunity. It is my hope that a new council will support bringing back this project for submission to the provincial government and to see construction completed within four years .
Why should people vote for you?
Over the next four years we will see many opportunities and challenges for our community and indeed, Labrador. I stand for real leadership; I have the experience, knowledge and time to lead a council team as we prepare our community for — what I believe — will be an exciting time for all of us. We must now seize the employment and business opportunities from the Muskrat Falls Project and "maximize the benefits" of the many natural resources which are literally in our back yard. On September 24, vote JOHN HICKEY for MAYOR. If you would like to touch base with me, please email email@example.com or call 899-1164.