CFN- We are asking all candidates to fill out our mini survey so the public can get to know them better. We are posting them as they arrive in chronological order.
Up next is Gary W. Samler for his second attempt at gaining a seat at the council table.
1) Who are you?
I was born and raised in a military family living just outside Quebec City. I grew up and following in my Dad’s footsteps I served in Canada’s military for over 20 years and I am a proud veteran. I am a married family man and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren all living here in Cornwall. I am a very strong advocate for fairness and social justice. As a social – minded community volunteer and activist I work hard at bringing awareness to many issues I feel need improvement to make our city a cleaner, safer, happier community for everyone to enjoy and work for a better quality of life for our future. I am the President of Friends of Vets, a peer to peer support group helping local vets, service members and their families deal with PTSD, Suicide and other issues after war or military service.
2) Why are you running for office?
I have a strong interest, desire and passion for municipal politics. I am not happy by the way politics in Cornwall is currently being done neglecting the real issues and needs of our community and I want to be one who can bring a new direction and focus to change these things. As a former soldier I have been trained to bring leadership and a voice of reason to the table.
3) What are the three best things about our community?
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4) What are your three priorities to improve Cornwall?
Promotion- We need to find out why our economic development department has failed in promoting our city better to persuade outside companies to come here to work, invest and to live.
Transparency – We need to be open and accountable to all the citizens of Cornwall. No integrity and hiding behind closed doors to cover up scandals and mismanagement no longer works.
Waterfront Development – Our waterfront is a jewel that we need to ensure is protected and properly developed.
5) Who was your hero as a child?
Batman – Batman is a selfless crimefighter who risks his life everyday to protect the citizens of Gotham City to make it a better and safer place to live.
6) If you could brand the Cornwall of the future in one word what would that word be?
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