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Running for re-election

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June 23, 2014 – Port Colborne, Ontario

On October 27, 2014, the Ontario electorate will return to the ballot box to elect municipal leadership for another four year term.

Today I announce my candidacy for re-election to Port Colborne City Council and to continue representing the constituents of Ward 2.

I was first elected to this position in 1990 and held that post for thirteen years. After a leave of absence to resolve personal health issues, I was re-elected in 2010.

I have been married to my wife, Carole, for 41 years. We have always resided in Ward 2 and raised our family here. We are now three generations of Doucet’s residing in Ward 2 as our children and their families also live in the neighbourhood.

As a professional special education teacher, I taught elementary students for 33 years and retired with the Niagara Catholic District School Board in 2003. My wife and I are entrepreneurial and owned/managed a successful food services business for 8 years.

My dedication to local civic affairs includes participation on many committees including: Finance, Seniors Advisory, Environment Action, Transportation, Medical Education, Recruitment and Health Services, East Village Action, Every Kid in our Community and the Mayors Youth Action. This work is complemented by volunteering
with the Red Cross, Canadian Mental Health – Niagara Branch, Flavours of Niagara, Canal Days and others. I was also a board member with the local branch of the Caisse Populaire and am actively involved with my church community at St.Jean de Brebeuf.

I have worked diligently with my colleagues to assure that our citizens’ expectations are met while enabling public services in a fiscally responsible manner. I am proud to be a part of the city’s budget management team that has approved expenditures for much
needed improvements to the city’s aging infrastructure while delivering modest property tax increases.

One of the long overdue infrastructure projects in Ward 2 is the replacement of very old storm sewers in and around Humboldt Parkway, Wellington, Clark and Janet Streets.

The planning is nearly finished and the moment that federal and provincial funding is released, I will be there to see that this project is completed as quickly as possible.

While Port Colborne is a small rural Canadian city of limited resources, it is home to a diverse community with many needs. I have purposefully taken a leadership role in helping to build and implement the strategic health and wellness plan to meet many of
these needs. Some of the key successes include: recruitment of new physicians and other health care professionals and facilitating the opening of new clinics, the Vale Health and Wellness Center and the Algoma Skateboard and BMX Park.

As the beginning of the next Council approaches, there are outstanding issues that I will continue to pursue diligently.

The major “hot button” issue in south Niagara is health care. I will continue to be on the front lines to help preserve and prevent any further degradation of the critical services that we have come to rely on and will need into the future.

Continued investment in industrial lands is necessary as the West Side Industrial Park is approaching full occupancy. The new East Side Industrial Park has been identified by The Regional Municipality of Niagara as a prime industrial gateway in Niagara therefore it is incumbent upon the city to provide infrastructure that will attract prospective industrial employers to that area.

The CBRA was initiated ten years ago and the process has stalled. I and my colleagues have become impatient with the lack of progress. I will do my part to continue pressuring the MOE and the local company to stop the delays and finish the job.

The Mid-peninsula corridor has been identified by the Regional Municipality of Niagara as a priority transportation corridor. The proposed highway will further advantage Port Colborne as a cost-effective solution for new industries that would benefit from our
existing multi-modal transportation facilities and close proximity to major markets.

It has been my policy to be open and responsive to all citizens residing in Ward 2.   Representing them and all of the city’s residents has been time consuming yet rewarding. I count it a privilege to be a member of a hard working team of councillors and staff that have worked diligently to support improvements to this ward and our
entire lakeside community. I believe that our team approach has resulted in delivering maximum value to the taxpayer and that these efforts have been instrumental in creating a sustainable and model community in Ontario.

I look forward to continuing my work and providing the leadership that Port Colborne has received. I will strive to continue this leadership during the next term.

Yvon Doucet

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