Candidate: Lawrence Giffin


Running for: Morinville Town Council
Years resident in community: 8
Age: 63
Family status: Married
Education: Electrical engineer, industrial Instrumentation, electrician
Occupation: Business owner
Phone: 780-939-0470

Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
I am a person who likes to contribute. I’ll work hard to make things better and I like a challenge.

Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
I am a retired area manager for TransCanada Pipeline. An area is much like a town. It has roads, utilities and facilities to operate and maintain. It covers a much larger area than a town and has employees and a budget similar to a town. Its operation and budget are highly regulated and scrutinized.

Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
Morinville is a growing community with growing expectations. Keeping taxes as low as possible while providing good services and facilities is an ongoing challenge. Another challenge will be finding room to grow.

Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
I would like to see an improvement in Morinville’s tax base. To do this we need to retain and attract commercial and industrial business. This will be especially difficult in this economic climate. To accomplish this we need to make it financially attractive to be here and easy to come here. We need to show that Morinville is open for business. We need to have a plan, and we need to streamline the approval process. We also must work closely and quickly with interested parties. Business does not like delays or uncertainty.
At the same time we have to keep in mind that we have limited space and utilities.

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