Frizzell Launches Re-election Campaign
Incumbent councillor continues push for diversification
Prince George, B.C., September 5, 2018:
Garth Frizzell will seek re-election in the 2018 Prince George City Council election. In a lunch hour announcement at Ohh Chocolat café near City Hall today, Frizzell outlined his vision for the future in Prince George.
Diversifying the Economy – Frizzell pointed to the diversification of the economy, and its strengths in supporting the present and driving the future of Prince George. Frizzell identified the modern forest sector as critical to the economy and spoke to the need to protect the industry. At the same time, Frizzell pointed out the significant impact that the education and health care sector have in our city. “The growth of high-tech has been core to my interests, and I was excited this spring to get word that the long advocated high-speed fibre-optic data transmission line north has been approved after almost a decade of advocacy. That will be a real game-changer, and we can see its immediate impact in our new focus on data centres.” said Frizzell, “Advocacy can pay off, as we saw with the fibre line, but it only means the start. Now we’re ready to get serious about pursuing some significant opportunities.”
Diversification of funding– Frizzell pointed to the need for realistic partnerships from the Provincial and Federal governments when it comes to cost-sharing for infrastructure. “We need to continue pursuing support, and that means advocacy at the highest level.” Frizzell noted that the results from his work with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities has included successful funding programs from the federal government for infrastructure, housing and the coming legalization of cannabis.
Strong Financial Accountability – As chair of the city’s Finance and Audit Committee for the past four years, Frizzell pointed to low increases in the taxation mill rates, improved services, and ability to pay down the debt. “Our utilities were kept to a low-or no increase for most of the term, and the last tax increase was lower than the cost of living increase. That’s a start but the story you don’t know is that during that time, we paid down $41.3 Mn in debt between 2013 and 2017.” Frizzell noted that these spending achievements were accomplished while more roads, sidewalks, parks, water, and sewer were still repaired or installed.
Frizzell announced his intention to meet in person with all interested groups and persons, carrying out his commitment to connect with the public.
For further information, contact:
Garth Frizzell 778-349-5322
Garth Frizzell is an entrepreneur and businessman with more than a decade of demonstrated award-winning success in technology business development. Past-president of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce and 6 years appointed to the Province of BC Small Business Roundtable. Garth is also an educator, currently teaching entrepreneurship, economics and international business at the College of New Caledonia.
Garth is a proven community leader with 10 years and three terms elected City Councillor in the City of Prince George. He was also elected by peer elected officials nine consecutive years to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Currently he is the only Second Vice-President elected to that organization in Prince George’s history. If elected on October 20, he will be FCM President in 2020-2021.
A professional with a Master’s degree and 6 years ongoing governance experience in international development projects valued at $24.2 million. His recent presentations on municipal economic development have been hosted in Colombia, Peru, Ukraine, Brazil, Senegal, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Philippines and China.
CAMPAIGN LAUNCH DETAILS:
11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
565 George Street
V2L 1R8 Prince George, British Columbia