Candidate Brown clarifies platform

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Editor: Further to your editorial “Hot issue for Mr. Brown” in the Saturday, July 12 edition of the Guardian, please allow me to clarify my election platform in my candidacy for mayor of Charlottetown.

I have spent a great deal of time over the past months  consulting with the citizens of Charlottetown and as a result of those consultations, I am basing my campaign for mayor on (but not restricted to) the following core issues: A reduction in residential and commercial property tax; for purposes of transparency to taxpayers, eliminate in camera council meetings unless advised otherwise by legal counsel; Request the province to strengthen the Pesticides Control Act to restrict its application in urban areas, or allow the City of Charlottetown to enact its own legislation on the use and control of cosmetic pesticides; Re-prioritize ditch infilling and re-focus that money on the immediate priorities of cleaning-up our rivers and securing a secondary water supply for the City of Charlottetown.

In regards to the city parking issue, I am in complete agreement that we need a better and more sustainable long term strategy that respects the needs of merchants as well as all visitors and patrons to the down core.

Therefore, let’s find out the status of the Homburg commitment of $400,000 owing to the city for parking (The Guardian, January 12, 2012) and use those funds to extend one of our parking garages.

In regards to the possible development of a provincial museum, I believe the city, province and the federal governments set-up a task force to take the lead on this issue to work hard to have it located in the capital city.

No doubt, other issues will come to light during the course of this campaign and I will continue to consult city residents and publically state my position.

I encourage anyone to contact me with comments or concerns over the course of this campaign.

Philip Brown,

Candidate for Mayor

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Charlottetown.In

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