My Platform

I’m Alison Klie, a young, female, red seal electrician running for Kamloops city council.

My platform in this election covers three things I want to push for if elected.

1. The revitalization and redensification of the Downtown and North Shore areas.

Kamloops has become a doughnut. We have filled in the outside and completely forgotten the middle. We need to start building up and not just out. I strongly support the Kamplan but  there is room for improvement. We need to look at why building applications take so long to get approved and find ways to expedite that process to help Kamloops grow. I want to see large multi unit dwellings in these areas with residential on top and commercial on the ground floor to provide more spaces for businesses and to allow people to shop where they live. This will also help alleviate transit and parking problems in those areas, especially when events are taking place.

2. Supporting local and union jobs.

I strongly believe in promoting local and union work. By making sure we have good paying local jobs, we are strengthening our own community and economy. As a councillor, I will vote in support of projects that will provide meaningful employment to Kamloops. I do not support outsourcing our work to out of town and province companies and I will vote against cutting city employees and wages.  I will voice my support to removing barriers of awarding contracts to local service providers. With strong local jobs, we can keep our money in our community and help Kamloops grow.

3. Transparency in government and community engagement.

There is a disconnect between the citizens of Kamloops and the council. We need to work on engaging the community and we can start by making information easier to understand and more accessible. It has become too difficult for our citizens to access vital information about their city.  People should not be expected to read a 200 page legal document just to get basic information about city plans. We should be providing detailed and accurate summaries to help with community involvement and understanding. We can also make council meetings more accessible by moving the time to an hour that isn’t in the middle of most people’s work days, and having a short overview so people don’t have to watch or listen to the whole thing. I want to connect with the people of Kamloops to make sure we are growing the city the right way.

If you feel the same way then vote for me Alison Klie on October 20th!

My Platform

Kameo Podcast Appearance

I was very excited to get a chance to chat with Nevin this past Tuesday to chat about myself a little. We talked about everything from being a woman in trades to unions to sailor moon and everything in between. I encourage everyone to download and take a listen. Nevin is doing an interview with any of the candidates that are willing and it’s a great way to get to know us more as people. Download my interview HERE.

I was and still am feeling a little under the weather and I forgot to finish my point on unions since I was constantly trying not to lose my voice. My end point was that many people feel that they no longer need unions and it may seem that way but in reality unions are preserving all those things that our past generations fought for. Given the chance major corporations will take any opportunity to cut cost even if it means cutting wages and employees. Unions will fight for you no matter your colour, sex, sexual orientation or background. We’re all equal in a union.

Candidate Q&A with Kamloops this Week

Kamloops this Week has released all the candidates answers for the first of four questions. I have posted the question with my full answer below since I believe in it better represents my opinion. To read the rest of the article click HERE.

Considering what the city has done thus far to address the linked issues of addiction and homelessness, what should be the next step taken by city council?

I believe we need to look at our current programs and find out how effective they are. More tax payer money is being requested to be spent on these programs even though homelessness, crime, and addiction numbers are trending upwards in Kamloops. We need to find out if what we are doing is helping and rehabilitating people or if it is enabling these behaviours and actually attracting more of these issues to Kamloops. I feel right now we are only treating the symptoms, and I believe that by providing meaningful employment and affordable housing to people of all backgrounds we can start treating the cause of these issues and prevent people from falling through the cracks in the first place. Right now I feel that we are focusing all our efforts on people at the end of the cycle, when we can be doing more to prevent people, especially young people, from ever starting the cycle.

 

Candidate Q&A with Kamloops this Week

All Candidates Forum

I had such a wonderful time at the forum today that was put on by the Council of Canadians. I would like to thank them for doing such a good job and to thank all those that come out to ask questions and get involved. I loved getting to talk with people and answer a few questions about what I would do if elected. I have another busy day planned tomorrow at 10am I will be going an event to hear the Minister of State for Trade George Chow speak about what has been happening in our province and then at around 12 I will be at the Overlander’s Day celebration helping out at the Kamloops Voter booth. I would love to meet more of you face to face and talk more about how we can help Kamloops grow.

Here is a small video from the forum where I talk a little bit about myself and why I think transparency in government is so important.

A big thank you to Mollie Routledge (a candidate for the TNRD) for taking this video!

Municipal All-Candidates and Mayoralty Forum.

This weekend an event is taking place that you don’t want to miss! The Council of Canadians are putting on a forum to allow the public to come out, meet, and ask questions of the candidates for council and mayor. It is a great opportunity to learn and help you decide who to vote for on October 20th. The forum is from 10am-12pm on September 22nd. Myself and the other candidates will be setting up tables at 8am to allow everyone to meet before the forum begins. For more information check out my video and the Facebook page for this event. I hope to see you there!