We Do More When We Focus Our Expertise

As a municipal government, we have a clear mandate. Over the years, we’ve ventured outside of our role and expanded our work into areas better serviced by other orders of government, nonprofits, and private industry. We are currently in 74 lines of business. When I speak to Edmontonians, they agree all of this work is important but don’t believe it’s the job of city government to be the lead delivery agent.

It’s time to rethink the way our city works. As mayor, I will collaborate with Council, Administration, and all orders of government to do things differently. We can deliver more when we empower and support others to take the lead in their areas of expertise. In some cases, we need to work to repair and rebuild existing relationships with a true spirit of trust and collaboration. We can’t be afraid to acknowledge and change when something isn’t working.

It will take bold and courageous leadership and difficult decisions for the greater good -- which I am prepared to make. Every step of the way, we will work together to do our best work to deliver more for Edmontonians. Here’s how we’ll get there:

  • Mandate-based budgeting - we’ll evaluate everything we need to do as a city (your roads, bridges, garbage, rec centres) as mandated in the Municipal Government Act and collaboratively work with Council on the lines of business we don’t need to be in. This doesn’t mean give up, this means asking if another organization or partner would be better suited to lead this work.

  • Enable and support collective impact by supporting a formalized partnership of our 60+ social agency service providers. This partnership will mobilize and maximize funding and advance municipal policies to support their agreed-upon vision.

  • Rebuild our relationship with the provincial government and reconnect our relationship with the federal government. We need your provincial and federal taxes to come back and fund projects and infrastructure in our city!
    • Seek the support of the province to obtain (annex) the land on which the Strathcona Refinery operates on
    • Work with the province to collect revenue from non-Edmonton residents who utilize our infrastructure (via roads, transit, wastewater). This could come in the form of toll, a surcharge on registered vehicles outside of the Edmonton municipal boundary, or others

  • Empower and increase the capacity of Ward Councillors by assigning portfolios of expertise and city wide responsibility.  Such as a Councillor responsible for Seniors issues

  • Empower and enable our local entrepreneurs to solve our city’s biggest problems by creating and investing in a startup procurement program.
    • Allows startups access to their first large customer 
    • Allows large organizations (like the City, EPCOR, Fort Edmonton Park) to source local solutions first for their businesses