RUNNING WITH ELEVATE LANGLEY
Farmer/businessman/student, age 23
South Langley resident who’s lived in Langley 19 years
I, Sukhman Gill, am a businessman who was raised in the Township of Langley along with my twin sisters.
My sisters and I have grown up on the family blueberry farm. We understand farming as a lifestyle and enjoy being part of the local agricultural community.
I have completed my associate in applied science (agri-business ag econ) and bookkeeping certificate, and currently I’m completing my bachelor’s degree in business administration at Kwantlen College, focusing on accounting.
I am the farm and office coordinator for BKS Blueberry Farm Ltd., and I’m passionate about the realities of farming in a changing world.
I’ll be bringing innovative solutions to the housing affordability challenges and to improve transit availability and the Township’s road network.
Have you held office in past? If so, please specify: No.
(These answers are presented as the candidates submitted them)
1. Should the Township set targets for the creation of more low-income and seniors rental spaces, social housing units, and/or co-op development to improve home security?
2. Should the Township create a performing arts venue within the next council term?
3. Does the Langley Township fire department need to be expanded in terms of crews, equipment, and/or halls?
4. Should property tax increases be restricted to the rate of inflation or lower?
5. Should the Township encourage greater housing density in new and existing neighbourhoods?
Don’t know. We are a community of communities. Each area deserves to have input into their future.
One size does not fit all.
We would work with the community to improve the needs of each neighbourhood, as each community desires.
6. Should the Township do more to build and upgrade roads, sidewalks, and bike paths in fast-growing areas?
7. Is the Township’s population growing too fast?
No. Smart development and managed growth are needed for a strong future. We have room to grow.
8. Should the Township consider switching to a municipal police force, instead of using the RCMP?
9. Does the Township have enough parks and public spaces to meet the needs of its growing population?
10. Should the Township commit to making a decision on proposed new developments within 12 months or less?
How the questions were presented to each candidate
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Towards that end, we have attempted to make this package available (along with the following instructions) to each of the candidates in a timely fashion ahead of the Oct. 15 election.
Please read carefully before you start to fill this out.
To help voters in Langley make their choices on election day, the Langley Advance Times is asking local candidates 10 issue-based questions.
You must provide a ‘yes,’ a ‘no,’ or a ‘don’t know’ (Y, N, D) response to EACH of these questions.
Each question MUST be answered with yes (Y), no (N), or Don’t Know (D). This will be published in a grid in the Oct. 6 edition. Any questions not answered will be LEFT BLANK.
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