Fred Eisenberger, Candidate for Mayor in Hamilton Municipal Election 2014

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NameEisenberger, Fred
ElectionHamilton Municipal Election 2014
Email fred@fred2014.ca
Website http://www.fred2014.ca
BioFRED EISENBERGER is running for mayor because he has the experience, the vision and the determination to lead Hamilton so that it can become the ambitious city of the future that it deserves to be.

Fred is a husband, father and proud Hamiltonian. He has shown that he has the vision, experience and passion to help create the opportunity and prosperity that Hamilton deserves now and in the future.

Fred was born in Amsterdam and came to Canada with his family when he was eight years old. He attended school in Hamilton, graduating from both Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School and Mohawk College.

He has been chair of the Hamilton Port Authority and served previously as a Hamilton city councillor and then as Hamilton’s mayor.

As mayor, Fred worked with council to bring about a number of important initiatives including a complete renovation of Hamilton City Hall, the central library and the historic farmer’s market.

The now-completed remakes of downtown Gore Park and York Street were initiated during Fred’s time as mayor.

Fred has championed the preservation of Hamilton’s heritage, spearheading the purchase and renovation of the Lister Block, a landmark downtown building that now houses city staff.

Fred’s green initiatives include an anti-idling bylaw, the purchase of hybrid buses, the installation of bike racks on buses, and the setting of a robust target of 65-per-cent waste diversion from household garbage.

During Fred’s tenure as mayor, advance planning, engineering and design was completed for an east-west Light Rail Transit line.

Through his leadership, Fred was successful in encouraging his council colleagues to pass an annual $1.5 million increase to the City’s economic development departmental budget. This helped bring about tangible results including a new Tim Hortons coffee roasting facility in the Ancaster Business Park, and securing Canada Bread as the anchor tenant in the city’s new Red Hill Business Park.

Creative industries were identified as an individual sector in the city’s new Economic Development Strategy, taking their place alongside the other industrial pillars in Hamilton.

Under his leadership, council oversaw an update of the City’s agricultural economic development and impact study. Today, Hamilton is increasingly recognized agrifood hub. This not only benefits our farmers particularly in Ancaster, Flamborough, Dundas, Glanbrook and Stoney Creek, but also everyone on the agrifood supply chain, such as truckers, shippers, and fertilizer makers.

In addition, Fred helped to lead the successful bid process that resulted in the 2015 Pan Am games coming to Hamilton.

Upon leaving office in 2010, Fred became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Urban Institute, allowing him to be involved in the development of cutting edge, progressive urban thinking.

Fred is again running for mayor because he has a passion for Hamilton and is bursting with energy to do all he can to create opportunity and prosperity for all Hamiltonians.

Fred and his wife Diane, a dental hygienist, live in east Hamilton. They have two grown children. Brett is a teacher and Alida is employed as a flight attendant with Air Canada.

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QuestionBrief ResponseFull Response
Do you believe City Hall should be more accessible to Hamilton residents? If so, what steps would you take to achieve this? Yes
The Province plans to allow municipalities to use ranked ballots in future elections. If so, will you vote to adopt ranked ballots in Hamilton? Yes
Do you support the city's plan to build an east-west light rail transit (LRT) line with full capital funding from the Province? Yes Yes, but need broad community support
Do you support the use of participatory budgeting to allow ward residents to propose and vote on local capital projects? Yes
Do you support an expanded role for Hamilton to provide more affordable housing? If so, what should Hamilton do? Yes Yes. Adapt the recommendations of the Hamilton Housing and Homelessness plan.
Do you support converting more of Hamilton's one-way thoroughfares into complete, two-way streets that support walking, cycling and transit? Yes Yes but we need to decide on tranist first
Do you believe Hamilton should do more to protect and enhance its built heritage? Yes
Do you support implementing a Vision Zero for Hamilton, with a goal of eliminating all pedestrian and cyclist deaths on our streets? If so, what specific actions would you take to implement this policy, and if not, why? Yes
The City's Cycling Master Plan is up for review. Do you support improving the plan to speed the installation of cycling facilities and provide more high-quality protected infrastructure like the new Cannon Street cycle track? Yes I am committed to safe cycling routes
The Province has shelved a proposal to build a mid-peninsula highway from Niagara Falls or Fort Erie around Hamilton to connect with Hwy 401 or 407 north of Burlington. Do you agree with the Province's decision to put its development on hold? Yes