Responses from Candidates for Ward 2 – Bloomfield/Hallowell


RSVPs

With the aim of increasing voter turnout in the upcoming municipal election, candidates for Mayor and Ward Councilor in Prince Edward County are being invited to share their thoughts on a wide range of issues once a week.

Responses from candidates for Ward 2 – Bloomfield/Hallowell are here:

Respondents

Invitations
Candidates for Ward 2 – Bloomfield/Hallowell (2 offices) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Sarah MOFFATT
Brad NIEMAN
Phil PRINZEN

Responses to Invitation 5

Candidates received Invitation 5 on September 20, 2022 and were asked to forward their responses by September 26, 2022. Candidate responses were published here and on Facebook on September 28, 2022.

Respondents

Sarah Moffatt

Candidate photo of Sarah Moffatt

1. Please rate your level of agreement (Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree) with the following:

“Council should adopt a Strategic Initiative to respond to [the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s] Calls to Action 43, 47 and 57.”

Strongly agree.

2. Please explain your rating.

I firmly believe that it is the responsibility of all levels of government to take active steps towards Truth and Reconciliation. I am particularly interested in Call to Action #57:

“57. We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.”

If I am elected to council I would advocate for an Equity Diversity and Inclusivity committee that would be used to discuss such issues and provide training and education to county council and staff. I believe that an effective EDI committee would meet this Call to Action and could also be beneficial in identifying and addressing the needs of other marginalized populations in our community.

3. Please rate your level of agreement (Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree) with the following statements:

“The cost of maintaining a public register of requests for County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Neither disagree or agree.

“The cost of the routine disclosure of County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Neither disagree or agree.

“The cost of the active dissemination of County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Neither disagree or agree.

4. For any one of your ratings above, please describe your analysis of the different costs and benefits that lead to your conclusion (max. 500 words).

Although I have participated fully in these weekly surveys since they began, I will have to pass on this question. My priority at this time is door knocking to meet the voters and hear what matters most to them. Researching the costs and benefits of the questions you posed would take time away from having conversations with voters and answering other survey requests. However if anyone feels passionate about this topic and would like to discuss it further with me please do not hesitate to call me at 613-813-2361.


Brad Nieman

1. Please rate your level of agreement (Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree) with the following:

“Council should adopt a Strategic Initiative to respond to [the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s] Calls to Action 43, 47 and 57.”

Agree.

2. Please explain your rating.

The conversation has to get started and the County could be a leader in this.

3. Please rate your level of agreement (Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree) with the following statements:

“The cost of maintaining a public register of requests for County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Disagree.

“The cost of the routine disclosure of County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Disagree.

“The cost of the active dissemination of County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Disagree.

4. For any one of your ratings above, please describe your analysis of the different costs and benefits that lead to your conclusion (max. 500 words).

(a) Everything is computerized, and it wouldn’t take a lot of time to keep updated on the inquiries, dependent on the number of inquiries, then when someone inquires it is readily available.


Phil Prinzen

1. Please rate your level of agreement (Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree) with the following:

“Council should adopt a Strategic Initiative to respond to [the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s] Calls to Action 43, 47 and 57.”

Agree.

2. Please explain your rating.

Anytime you are able to educate or expand on Truth and Reconciliation it is a benefit.

3. Please rate your level of agreement (Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree) with the following statements:

“The cost of maintaining a public register of requests for County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Neither disagree or agree.

“The cost of the routine disclosure of County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Neither disagree or agree.

“The cost of the active dissemination of County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Neither disagree or agree.

4. For any one of your ratings above, please describe your analysis of the different costs and benefits that lead to your conclusion (max. 500 words).

It is a very hard question to answer when you are not given all the details of costs against requests or benefits. I don’t like to give my opinion when all the information isn’t given.


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Responses to Invitation 4

Candidates received Invitation 4 on September 14, 2022 and were asked to forward their responses by September 19, 2022. Candidate responses were published here and on Facebook on September 20, 2022.

Respondents

Sarah Moffatt

Candidate photo of Sarah Moffatt
1. Please identify and describe the general nature of any conflict of pecuniary interest – real or apparent, direct or indirect – that you would foresee needing to declare, given the sort of conflicts that have been disclosed by your predecessors in 2020-2022. [We later clarified the reference to 2020-2022 here. As the preamble re: “Pecuniary Conflicts of Interest” notes, these three years are the ones reported in the County’s online Annual Registries of members’ disclosoure of conflicts of interest.]

None.

2A & 3. Please indicate your agreement with the following statement: “The County should adopt a Council Code of Conduct that addresses non-pecuniary conflicts of interests.” Please elaborate.

Agree.

I agree that any time someone uses their position of power/authority for their own personal gain that is a significant concern. Council members should not use the influence of their office for any purpose other than the exercise of their official duties. Not only would this ensure ethics in local politics, but it would also increase the public’s trust in their elected officials. My only hesitation with this would be that Prince Edward County is a small community with a lot of close-knit connections. It would be challenging to define non-pecuniary interests when most councillors are so heavily involved in the community and wear a variety of different hats.

2B & 4. Please indicate your agreement with the following statement: “The County should adopt a Council Code of Conduct that addresses the pecuniary conflicts of interests of a family member who is not a parent, spouse or child.” Please elaborate.

Agree.

I believe it is important for the public to trust that their elected officials are making decisions that are best for the community and not guided by what would most benefit their friends and family. However, once again the difficulty lies in the application of any such Code of Conduct. How are we defining a “friend” in a small community where everyone knows everyone? At the very least expanding the Code of Conduct to address other family members would be more practical and would likely have less grey area.

5. In the voter’s own words, please identify the most difficult-to-answer question that you’ve been asked in your campaign.

To be honest I haven’t had that many difficult questions. While door knocking I have been asked questions related to affordable housing, STAs, healthcare, infrastructure, and the environment and these all lead to great discussion. I may have a better answer to this question following the two all candidates meetings scheduled in Bloomfield.

6. Please explain why this question was the most difficult-to-answer.

As above.

7. On October 21, 2020, Council voted unanimously to deny a rezoning application from Picton Terminals to bring in container and cruise ships. If presented with a similar vote today, how would you vote (deny or approve)? Why?

I would uphold council’s 2020 decision. I have heard significant concerns from the residents in the area regarding the environmental impact such traffic could have on Picton Bay and the community’s drinking water.


Brad Nieman

1. Please identify and describe the general nature of any conflict of pecuniary interest – real or apparent, direct or indirect – that you would foresee needing to declare, given the sort of conflicts that have been disclosed by your predecessors in 2020-2022. [We later clarified the reference to 2020-2022 here. As the preamble re: “Pecuniary Conflicts of Interest” notes, these three years are the ones reported in the County’s online Annual Registries of members’ disclosoure of conflicts of interest.]

Anything that is covered in the Municipal Act.

2A & 3. Please indicate your agreement with the following statement: “The County should adopt a Council Code of Conduct that addresses non-pecuniary conflicts of interests.” Please elaborate.

Neither disagree or agree

[No elaboration]

2B & 4. Please indicate your agreement with the following statement: “The County should adopt a Council Code of Conduct that addresses the pecuniary conflicts of interests of a family member who is not a parent, spouse or child.” Please elaborate.

Neither disagree or agree

[No elaboration]

5. In the voter’s own words, please identify the most difficult-to-answer question that you’ve been asked in your campaign.

Questions concerning the pandemic and the way it was handled.

6. Please explain why this question was the most difficult-to-answer.

Because most of the direction came from upper levels of government.

7. On October 21, 2020, Council voted unanimously to deny a rezoning application from Picton Terminals to bring in container and cruise ships. If presented with a similar vote today, how would you vote (deny or approve)? Why?

I would need all of the information made available to me in order to make an informed decision.


Phil Prinzen

1. Please identify and describe the general nature of any conflict of pecuniary interest – real or apparent, direct or indirect – that you would foresee needing to declare, given the sort of conflicts that have been disclosed by your predecessors in 2020-2022. [We later clarified the reference to 2020-2022 here. As the preamble re: “Pecuniary Conflicts of Interest” notes, these three years are the ones reported in the County’s online Annual Registries of members’ disclosoure of conflicts of interest.]

I don’t foresee any that I would need to declare on as of right now although it is every council member’s responsibility to declare if they believe they have one.

2A & 3. Please indicate your agreement with the following statement: “The County should adopt a Council Code of Conduct that addresses non-pecuniary conflicts of interests.” Please elaborate.

Disagree.

I disagree as I feel there is not a financial personal gain on a non-pecuniary interest.

2B & 4. Please indicate your agreement with the following statement: “The County should adopt a Council Code of Conduct that addresses the pecuniary conflicts of interests of a family member who is not a parent, spouse or child.” Please elaborate.

Disagree.

I don’t believe it is a pecuniary conflict of interest if it is not closely related. If you do then maybe you should declare on friends too.

5. In the voter’s own words, please identify the most difficult-to-answer question that you’ve been asked in your campaign.

The questions I get asked at the door I will not be sharing on a public forum. That’s between me and the residents.

6. Please explain why this question was the most difficult-to-answer.

[See above]

7. On October 21, 2020, Council voted unanimously to deny a rezoning application from Picton Terminals to bring in container and cruise ships. If presented with a similar vote today, how would you vote (deny or approve)? Why?

I denied it the first time and would continue to deny it if I received the same information as I did at that meeting.


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Responses to Invitation 3

Candidates received Invitation 3 on September 7, 2022 and were asked to forward their responses by September 12, 2022. Candidate responses were published here and on Facebook on September 14, 2022.

Respondents

Sarah Moffatt

Candidate photo of Sarah Moffatt
1. Please rate your overall satisfaction with each of the following strategic initiatives:

Strategic Initiative Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither Satisfied Very satisfied
By-law and policy review
Downtown revitalization
Healthcare initiatives
Municipal Accommodation Tax
PEC Affordable Housing Corp.
Short-Term Accommodations
Tourism management
Understanding Growth and Water/wastewater infrastructure

2. Please explain two of your ratings.

Tourism Management
I feel dissatisfied with how this has been managed the last two years. There have been reactive bylaws put in place as a result of the high number of tourists that came here in 2020. However, many of these bylaws have hurt our own residents; such as the $400 parking fines throughout the county, and the bylaw regarding people utilizing trailers on their own property. The parking fines in particular go against the County’s own Official Plan that states a goal of increasing access to the waterfront for residents, these fines did the opposite of that.

Healthcare Initiatives
Although I appreciate the fact that The County now has a full-time healthcare recruiter, I am left wondering why this is only happening now. Belleville and Quinte West have had physician recruiters for several years now. The doctor shortage could have been anticipated with the upcoming retirements and proactive planning should have occurred before this turned into the crisis it is now. We are also in the process of building a new hospital but are lacking the healthcare professionals required to staff it. Through my talks with community members I have heard numerous people say there is a need for an after-hours walk-in clinic.

3. Please outline one County-wide strategic initiative that is missing from the above and should be adopted by Council.

Adapting to Climate Change
Not enough has been done to protect our environment. Through my campaigning I have met with residents who feel The County is not doing enough to protect our trees, water, and even spaces that are already deemed Environmentally Protected Land (see the proposal for the Adolphus Reach Resort). The lack of bike lanes and reliable public transportation also results in a community that is reliant on cars.


Brad Nieman

1. Please rate your overall satisfaction with each of the following strategic initiatives:

Strategic Initiative Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither Satisfied Very satisfied
By-law and policy review
Downtown revitalization
Healthcare initiatives
Municipal Accommodation Tax
PEC Affordable Housing Corp.
Short-Term Accommodations
Tourism management
Understanding Growth and Water/wastewater infrastructure

2. Please explain two of your ratings.

Downtown Revitalization
It is not being looked after as far cleanliness and the maintenance of the vegetation.

Housing Corp
It has been 5 years and nothing tangible to show for it. They now have projects ready for construction, which shows we are moving in the right direction.

3. Please outline one County-wide strategic initiative that is missing from the above and should be adopted by Council.

Roads network
Have a continuous 5 year plan for the road construction.


Phil Prinzen

1. Please rate your overall satisfaction with each of the following strategic initiatives:

Strategic Initiative Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither Satisfied Very satisfied
By-law and policy review
Downtown revitalization
Healthcare initiatives
Municipal Accommodation Tax
PEC Affordable Housing Corp.
Short-Term Accommodations
Tourism management
Understanding Growth and Water/wastewater infrastructure

2. Please explain two of your ratings.

I won’t just answer 2 of my ratings. I am comfortable saying I am satisfied with them all as I feel we are moving in the right direction and we need to let things play out for a bit to see the true effect. It has been just over 2.5 years with these and I feel it would be to soon to adjust or make a change. Should be explored every 4-6 [months] is my feeling.

3. Please outline one County-wide strategic initiative that is missing from the above and should be adopted by Council.

Don’t feel anything missing right now.


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Responses to Invitation 2

Candidates received Invitation 2 on August 31, 2022 and were asked to forward their responses by September 6, 2022. Candidate responses were published here and on Facebook on September 7, 2022.

Respondents

Sarah Moffatt

Candidate photo of Sarah Moffatt
1. Please identify two internal and one external committee or board listed above whose areas of municipal responsibility would showcase your skills and interests in municipal government.

  1. Community & Economic Development Commission
  2. Accessibility Advisory Committee
  3. Prince Edward County Affordable Housing Corporation

2. For these three committees or boards, please highlight your skills and experience (work, volunteer, life) in those areas of municipal responsibility.
3. For these three committees or boards, please describe the impact you’d hope to make in those areas of municipal responsibility.

Community & Economic Development Commission
I have worked at Highland Shores Children’s Aid for the past 6 years. In this job I work with children and families who rely on the support of social and community services. I am able to directly see what programs are most beneficial to our community members, and I can also identify where the gaps in service are. I am a strong advocate for programs that can help lift people up and support our most vulnerable. Since I work directly with a large part of the population that would be utilizing community services I could act as a liaison to collect feedback regarding what is working and what is not. I would ensure that community programs are tailored to the needs of our residents and those who would benefit most from these services. I worry that low-income earners and families are forgotten about around the horseshoe, I would ensure that they have a voice and that their needs are taken into consideration. Although I may not have a background in business I have a vested interest in seeing our community thrive. Local businesses are a crucial part of our economy, job market, and community identity. Small business owners are also our friends and neighbours, I want them to feel confident that they have someone standing up for them and their interests.

Accessibility Advisory Committee
Working through an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity lens is a passion of mine. I have been an active member of the EDI committee at my workplace for 2 years. The purpose of this committee is to ensure that everyone is provided with the same opportunities and that any barriers are identified and removed. This role sees me educating and providing awareness of EDI-related topics to all the staff at my workplace. I have also been a board member for Adam’s Hope, a local charity focused on supporting families with children with autism. Through this work I saw the numerous challenges that children with health conditions or impairments had to face. I would like to carry on this work by being an advocate for all of those in our community and visitors to the County by making sure they get an equal opportunity to experience all that this area has to offer. A crucial part of this committee is getting the voice of the people this would impact the most and ensuring they are included in the process.

Prince Edward County Affordable Housing Corporation
I have been working in the social service field for 9 years. Every day I see the direct impact of the housing crisis – I have witnessed families living in tents, trailers, or in their friend’s living room. I know how hard it is to afford suitable housing on a fixed income such as OW, ODSP, or CPP. The CMHC defines affordable housing as rent/mortgage that costs less than 30% of a household’s income. When I help my clients look for rentals I can clearly see that there is nothing available that would meet this definition of affordable on their income. I see families being priced out of their own homes with nowhere to go. Waitlists for social housing can be 6+ years. Through my workplace I have worked collaboratively with housing services such as Lennox and Addington Social Housing, the Community Advocacy and Legal Centre, and Habitat for Humanity. I am well aware of the services that are currently available and the areas that need improvement. I am working the frontline with a large portion of the population that would be utilizing this service. I have an active pulse on what is needed and will be a strong advocate for those in need of affordable housing.

4. How would you account for these rates of voter turnout in the County in recent municipal elections?

Low voter turnout is not an issue that is unique to the County. According to the Association of Municipalities Ontario the average voter turnout across the province for the 2018 municipal election was 38% and this has been a downward trend for the past several elections. What I hear from people both locally and provincially is they feel it is difficult to find information about the candidates and their platforms. There are limited media sources that compile profiles and information regarding each candidate where an elector can easily access it and compare. When voters feel uninformed it is easy for them to become uninterested in the election as a whole. There is also a theory that the low voter turnout could be the result of voter fatigue – once again in 2022 we see a municipal election closely follow a provincial one (and it was only last year that we also had a federal election). It is unfortunate that voter turnout is the lowest for municipal elections because this is also where people’s votes hold the most power.

5. Please relate an occasion when you (nearly) decided not to vote in an election.

I found myself disinterested in local politics as a youth. This was due to the feeling that politics wasn’t for me or my demographic. I didn’t see myself reflected in the range of candidates – partly due to age but also gender. At the time the candidates didn’t seem interested in making the effort to reach out to and engage with younger voters. This may account for why voters age 18-29 have notoriously low voter turnout for municipal elections. Even still, female candidates are the vast minority. The Association of Municipalities Ontario states that only 27% of candidates in the 2018 election were female. It is difficult to feel engaged in politics when you look at your potential representatives and can’t imagine how they would represent you or your needs.

6. How would you propose to work with other candidates to increase voter turnout in the County in the upcoming municipal election?

  1. The first step in creating a solution to any problem is identifying why the problem exists in the first place. For example if there are barriers such as lack of transportation that are preventing people from getting to the polls then coming up with a solution such as free bus service on election day would help to eliminate this barrier. If work schedules have been a barrier to some the County offers advanced and now online voting methods for this year’s election.
  2. Candidates need to be doing all they can to engage with a variety of different demographics in different ways. Try to engage them in their preferred way such as face to face, email, social media, phone, etc. Target youth and get them interested in politics early by doing information sessions at schools or youth programs such as the ROC, or utilizing programs such as the Hour for Hour challenge the purpose of which is to get high school students involved in civic activities for volunteer hours.
  3. I have heard people say that they don’t understand the format of council meetings or the language used and they feel this is a barrier to being involved in council meetings. This can lead to apathy in the municipal process. Electors may also feel that if they don’t understand council and the role then they may not feel qualified to promote someone to this position. Helping educate the public regarding municipal roles and proceedings can help them feel more comfortable with reaching out to their member of council or participating in meetings.
  4. Forums such as this weekly questionnaire that Paul Allen is putting together can help to compile responses in one easy-to-access location. Voters then have the opportunity to clearly see the candidates’ responses and compare them. This addresses the concern identified in question 4 regarding voters feeling they don’t have enough information to make an informed decision.

Phil Prinzen

1. Please identify two internal and one external committee or board listed above whose areas of municipal responsibility would showcase your skills and interests in municipal government.

  1. Agricultural Advisory Committee
  2. Planning Committee
  3. Hastings/Quinte Emergency Services Committee

Agriculture and planning would be the internal committees and Hastings/Quinte Emergency Service Committee would be the external committee that would most likely showcase my skills although there are a number of others that interest me.

2. For these three committees or boards, please highlight your skills and experience (work, volunteer, life) in those areas of municipal responsibility.

I was on the agriculture committee as well as planning this last term. I work, volunteer and live in agriculture everyday and understand the risks, threats and importance of it for our community. For planning after being on the committee and recognizing the importance of good solid planning I think it works hand in hand with agriculture. Emergency service is important and I believe that being on the fire department I understand the importance of the emergency services.

3. For these three committees or boards, please describe the impact you’d hope to make in those areas of municipal responsibility.

I hope to be a sensible voice and provide sound opinions to share with all of council before decisions are made.

4. How would you account for these rates of voter turnout in the County in recent municipal elections?

I think there is a disconnect between residents and municipal politics. Whether they believe they aren’t being heard or cant make an impact they just decide not to vote.

5. Please relate an occasion when you (nearly) decided not to vote in an election.

I have always voted. I have never nearly decided not to vote.

6. How would you propose to work with other candidates to increase voter turnout in the County in the upcoming municipal election?

I encourage every person I talk to on my campaign trail to get out and vote. I would hope the other candidates are doing the same.


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Responses to Invitation 1

With the aim of increasing voter turnout in the upcoming municipal election, candidates for Mayor and Ward Councilor in Prince Edward County are being invited to share their thoughts on a wide range of issues once a week.

Candidates received Invitation 1 on August 24, 2022 and were asked to share their thoughts by August 29, 2022. Candidate responses were published here and on Facebook on August 31, 2022.

Respondents

Sarah Moffatt

Candidate photo of Sarah Moffatt

1. How long have you resided in the County?

I am from Trenton and have lived in this area for over 30 years. The county has been my second home for the last few years but I made it official in 2021.

1b. (Additional question for candidates for Ward Councilor only): How long have you resided in the Ward in which you are running to be Councilor?

I moved to Bloomfield last year and already feel a deep connection to the community.

2. Please identify your membership on Council, committee, commission, board, or other body associated with the municipal government in the County during the current term of Council (Fall 2018 – present).

NA.

3. Please identify your membership on Council, committee, commission, board, or other body associated with the municipal government in the County during the previous term of Council (Fall 2014 – Fall 2018).

NA.

4. Please identify your membership or volunteering in a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization associated with the County during the current term of Council (November 2018 – present).

Community service has been a commitment ingrained in me since I was a teenager. It is unclear to me why the question of volunteer work is centered around the current term of council as volunteer work doesn’t follow terms, it is typically something that is ongoing. Throughout the past several years I have been on the board of directors for the G. May Project, a local charity focused on supporting child victims of sexual abuse; and I was on the board of directors for Adam’s Hope, a local charity raising money to help families who have children with autism. I have also worked for and remained involved with The Children’s Foundation. The Children’s Foundation offers a wide range of programs and services to local children and families in the area such as sending children to camp, providing cribs to new mothers, and ensuring every child has gifts and a proper meal at Christmas through the Angel Tree program.

5. How do you understand talk of tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County?

There is a growing “us versus them” mentality in the county and I worry that questions such as these only further the divide. How do you define “old” and “new”? Take my circumstance for example, I have lived in this area for 30 years but only just recently moved to Bloomfield – Would I be classified as old or new? Trying to label people only leads to assumptions at best and xenophobia at worst.

Please indicate your agreement with the following statements:

6a. Tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County influences Council’s agenda. [Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree]

As I cannot get inside of a sitting councillor’s head I cannot say for sure what influences their decisions, to provide an answer would be making an assumption on my part that would not be fair. This question also generalizes council as a whole. Although there may be some councillors who are influenced by “new” or “old” residents, there may be an equal number of sitting councillors who are not. We need to recognize that each member of council is an individual that is motivated by their own personal values and beliefs.

6b. Tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County influences Council’s decisions. [Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree]

See above.

7. Please identify any role you see yourself in addressing any tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County.

As noted above I could be seen as both “old” or “new” depending on who you ask. My hope is that this dual perspective could help me bridge the gap and help people recognize that whether old or new residents we likely all have common goals for what we want to see happen to our community. Ideally I would like to see us forgo this divisive type of language altogether and recognize that we are all county residents. As councillor I would represent all of my constituents equally, whether they have lived here for generations or just moved in yesterday. A divided community is not one that can flourish.


Brad Nieman

1. How long have you resided in the County?

45 years.

1b. (Additional question for candidates for Ward Councilor only): How long have you resided in the Ward in which you are running to be Councilor?

32 years.

2. Please identify your membership on Council, committee, commission, board, or other body associated with the municipal government in the County during the current term of Council (Fall 2018 – present).

Councilor Bloomfield/Hallowell. Agriculture, Traffic, Hiring, Prince Edward Lennox Addington Social Services, Waste Services, and Bloomfield/Hallowell Recreation Committees.

3. Please identify your membership on Council, committee, commission, board, or other body associated with the municipal government in the County during the previous term of Council (Fall 2014 – Fall 2018).

Councilor Bloomfield/Hallowell. Agriculture, Waste Services, Audit, and Bloomfield/Hallowell Recreation Committees.

4. Please identify your membership or volunteering in a not-for-profit, non-governmental oganization associated with the County during the current term of Council (November 2018 – present).

None.

5. How do you understand talk of tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County?

No comment.

Please indicate your agreement with the following statements:

6a. Tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County influences Council’s agenda. [Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree]

6b. Tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County influences Council’s decisions. [Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree]

7. Please identify any role you see yourself in addressing any tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County.

No comment.


Phil Prinzen

1. How long have you resided in the County?

43 years (entire life).

1b. (Additional question for candidates for Ward Councilor only): How long have you resided in the Ward in which you are running to be Councilor?

43 years.

2. Please identify your membership on Council, committee, commission, board, or other body associated with the municipal government in the County during the current term of Council (Fall 2018 – present).

Councillor. Audit, Planning, and Agriculture Committees.

3. Please identify your membership on Council, committee, commission, board, or other body associated with the municipal government in the County during the previous term of Council (Fall 2014 – Fall 2018).

[No response]

4. Please identify your membership or volunteering in a not-for-profit, non-governmental oganization associated with the County during the current term of Council (November 2018 – present).

4-H Ontario as a leader. Also volunteer firefighter with Station 6 (not sure if that is non-governmental). Meals on Wheels.

5. How do you understand talk of tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County?

I understand it and would like to think it has lessened in the last few years. But also feel that it went both ways. Old didn’t like the new and the new didn’t like the old and their ways.

Please indicate your agreement with the following statements:

6a. Tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County influences Council’s agenda. [Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree]

6b. Tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County influences Council’s decisions. [Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree]

7. Please identify any role you see yourself in addressing any tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County.

I believe the role we have is to make the best decisions for the residents of the county as a whole and not think of people as new and old. Which I like to believe is what I do.


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