Gustafson seeks election

Note: All the candidates for the Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester election were given interview questions. The incumbent questions differ slightly from the new candidates. The following is Jon Gustafson’s answers:

Question: What prompted me to run for council?

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Answer: Well, I felt that I was no longer involved with the process. I am just one person but still it’s only logical to think if I felt “left out of the process” others must feel the same. Can’t remember the last time I was approached by my representative of the council. That’s not the way I feel this should work......, think of it this way. I can find....., without really trying I may add, but I can find out who got the rains this summer, I can hear about the crop yields, and I can hear whatever piece of news I so choose to hear on my way to town to pick up gas for my side by side. We are a close-knit community. But concerning the council and what is being done behind closed doors not so much. That’s not how this should work in my estimations. I owe it to the people who (if God wills it) votes me in. But those same people need to be kept “in the loop” so to speak. More brains working towards a common goal usually result in the best outcome.

Question: What qualities and experience do you have that would be beneficial to this role?

Answer: I can be persuaded all while being deeply rooted with my own conviction. If a case can be made that is well thought out and can be backed with common sense and fact I’m not so arrogant to not listen to the cases that are laid at my feet. I have never faced a counter argument with a “well I’m right just because” kind of mindset, but more of a “I’m right and here’s the reasons why I am right.” if I know I’m right I will not be swayed. I’ve grown up here, I know the land, I know the people and the business people are in (agriculture) I know what it takes to make things work and I understand the problems that others in agriculture face.

Question: What do you think the top five challenges that are in the municipality

Answer: Before I go on to answer this. I asked the people of the ward that I am running in. I am just one voice of a 173 I stand with the people who will be voting for me. Their concerns are my concerns.

  1. Tax load on its citizens.

  2. Aging population: there’s really nothing a person can do about this (other than creating an advantageous town to move to) but a person sure needs to understand this problem. If we are not aware of the fact that this population is not a bunch of 24-year olds that have a lifetime of tax paying we will be in deep trouble. It’s a simple fact of life.

  3. Sense of community. This town needs to have a resurgence of a sense of community. When I was a young lad I remember the stories my father and mother would tell me of hard times. And how that community stood together to “rise to the challenge” that needs to be appreciated by the town and held up as a model of this town. Don’t get me wrong steak fry’s are great. But so is a MFWD tractor busting through snow drifts to open the roads by a neighbor in a white out. A weekend spent processing calves. Or neighbours showing up with their machinery to ensure the crop gets off before a late fall snow storm. One is not “better” than the other. But they all need to be recognized and held in highest regards.

  4. keeping the essential services. Not just keeping them but maintaining them

Police

Hospital

Roads.

  5. Openness of council. There were a lot of people out there that feel council doesn’t work for them any longer……, and that is a sad, sad fact.

Question: What changes/improvements would you like to see?

Answer: More openness in council. I’ve touched on this before but the people of Winchester need to know what is happening. Any kind of major spending needs to be discussed and discussed openly. With today’s technology there is no good excuse for someone to be “left in the dark”.  Open dialogue is a good thing and should never be thought as “inconvenient”.

  Sense of community we need to understand as a community that this is not a “one size fits all category” we all have different interests and goals and even places where money and time “can be allocated” so, as a council we have to keep this in mind as well. We have to do our very best to include the biggest swath of the populace in all our actions.

  We have to do more to control spending. With an aging and declining population. If the council is not doing everything it can do to cut spending and leave the residents with “more in their pocket” council is in fact part of the problem (not the solution).

Question: What is the community’s greatest resource?

Answer: I believe our community’s greatest resource is its diversity. From town to rural to the Lake. From the families that have lived here for generations, to the families that have moved here from other towns, cities, provinces and countries.

All these people have had different successes and failures and have something to contribute. They just need to be heard.

Question: What does the rural municipality look like in 20 years.?

Answer: Depends I suppose. If we continue to be a divided community where we won’t listen to each other and the ideas we bring to the table. Where each individual “sense of community” is not appreciated and understood.

Where openness is not held as a character of quality — we are a dead community. With no tax base and a heavy tax burden. We will not make it.

But.

If we come together to solve the problems of this town. With an understanding of all our diversity, our strengths, our ideas to make this community better. If we are willing to talk TO each other instead of talk AT each other and have open dialogue to solve the challenges that lie ahead, we can leave this municipality to the next generation better than we found it.Jon Gustafason interview

 

Note: All the candidates for the Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester election were given interview questions. The incumbent questions differ slightly from the new candidates. The following is Jon Gustafson’s answers:

Question: What prompted me to run for council?

Answer: Well, I felt that I was no longer involved with the process. I am just one person but still it’s only logical to think if I felt “left out of the process” others must feel the same. Can’t remember the last time I was approached by my representative of the council. That’s not the way I feel this should work......, think of it this way. I can find....., without really trying I may add, but I can find out who got the rains this summer, I can hear about the crop yields, and I can hear whatever piece of news I so choose to hear on my way to town to pick up gas for my side by side. We are a close-knit community. But concerning the council and what is being done behind closed doors not so much. That’s not how this should work in my estimations. I owe it to the people who (if God wills it) votes me in. But those same people need to be kept “in the loop” so to speak. More brains working towards a common goal usually result in the best outcome.

Question: What qualities and experience do you have that would be beneficial to this role?

Answer: I can be persuaded all while being deeply rooted with my own conviction. If a case can be made that is well thought out and can be backed with common sense and fact I’m not so arrogant to not listen to the cases that are laid at my feet. I have never faced a counter argument with a “well I’m right just because” kind of mindset, but more of a “I’m right and here’s the reasons why I am right.” if I know I’m right I will not be swayed. I’ve grown up here, I know the land, I know the people and the business people are in (agriculture) I know what it takes to make things work and I understand the problems that others in agriculture face.

Question: What do you think the top five challenges that are in the municipality

Answer: Before I go on to answer this. I asked the people of the ward that I am running in. I am just one voice of a 173 I stand with the people who will be voting for me. Their concerns are my concerns.

  1. Tax load on its citizens.

  2. Aging population: there’s really nothing a person can do about this (other than creating an advantageous town to move to) but a person sure needs to understand this problem. If we are not aware of the fact that this population is not a bunch of 24-year olds that have a lifetime of tax paying we will be in deep trouble. It’s a simple fact of life.

  3. Sense of community. This town needs to have a resurgence of a sense of community. When I was a young lad I remember the stories my father and mother would tell me of hard times. And how that community stood together to “rise to the challenge” that needs to be appreciated by the town and held up as a model of this town. Don’t get me wrong steak fry’s are great. But so is a MFWD tractor busting through snow drifts to open the roads by a neighbor in a white out. A weekend spent processing calves. Or neighbours showing up with their machinery to ensure the crop gets off before a late fall snow storm. One is not “better” than the other. But they all need to be recognized and held in highest regards.

  4. keeping the essential services. Not just keeping them but maintaining them

Police

Hospital

Roads.

  5. Openness of council. There were a lot of people out there that feel council doesn’t work for them any longer……, and that is a sad, sad fact.

Question: What changes/improvements would you like to see?

Answer: More openness in council. I’ve touched on this before but the people of Winchester need to know what is happening. Any kind of major spending needs to be discussed and discussed openly. With today’s technology there is no good excuse for someone to be “left in the dark”.  Open dialogue is a good thing and should never be thought as “inconvenient”.

  Sense of community we need to understand as a community that this is not a “one size fits all category” we all have different interests and goals and even places where money and time “can be allocated” so, as a council we have to keep this in mind as well. We have to do our very best to include the biggest swath of the populace in all our actions.

  We have to do more to control spending. With an aging and declining population. If the council is not doing everything it can do to cut spending and leave the residents with “more in their pocket” council is in fact part of the problem (not the solution).

Question: What is the community’s greatest resource?

Answer: I believe our community’s greatest resource is its diversity. From town to rural to the Lake. From the families that have lived here for generations, to the families that have moved here from other towns, cities, provinces and countries.

All these people have had different successes and failures and have something to contribute. They just need to be heard.

Question: What does the rural municipality look like in 20 years.?

Answer: Depends I suppose. If we continue to be a divided community where we won’t listen to each other and the ideas we bring to the table. Where each individual “sense of community” is not appreciated and understood.

Where openness is not held as a character of quality — we are a dead community. With no tax base and a heavy tax burden. We will not make it.

But.

If we come together to solve the problems of this town. With an understanding of all our diversity, our strengths, our ideas to make this community better. If we are willing to talk TO each other instead of talk AT each other and have open dialogue to solve the challenges that lie ahead, we can leave this municipality to the next generation better than we found it.

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