Christopher Rosser, Candidate for Ward 9 in Hamilton Municipal Election 2014

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Candidate Details (top)

NameRosser, Christopher
ElectionHamilton Municipal Election 2014
AreaWard 09
Email christopher@voterosser.com
Website http://www.voterosser.com
BioAbout the Candidate

Born on September 8th in Hamilton, ON
General Manager at a local window manufacturer
Achieved rank of Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class in Sea Cadets
Former Chief Ranger of Court Dundurn at he age of 21, a now folded volunteer branch of Foresters Insurance
Currently volunteering on the Energy Efficient Fenestration Steering Committee
Coach of two East Hamilton Soccer teams

If you have more questions regarding my political career, please contact me or call the campaign office at 289 880-7677. I've always got an open ear for my constituents.
Transferable Skills

Proficient in planning, organizing & evaluating business operations in order to increase profitability and sales growth which is verified by receiving the Sales Managers Award by CWD Windows and Doors
Technically-inclined with knowledge of product design, sourcing of hardware, sourcing of tooling, training of employees and providing technical support for management, sales and manufacturing companies
Proven track record of de-escalating critical situations for customers by implementing effective solutions in a prompt & professional manner
Excellent team-player & problem-solver which was recognized while working in the engineering department at CWD Windows and Doors (also received a solid reference letter by the Regional Manager of the company)
Excellent work ethic which is demonstrated through long-term employment as a Business Consultant for the consulting/project management firm, Sunshine Window Consultant
Skilled in utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, including AutoCAD, Solid Edge & AS400
Adaptable to any challenges & opportunities which is proven by accepting a position in Calgary, Alberta in order to expand new skills & technical knowledge within the window manufacturing field
Effective communicator who demonstrates integrity, commitment and honesty within a company
Versatile skills in project management, product design & redesign, implementing quality control, and testing products (both on-site and in laboratories)
My Private Life
My political views are inseparable from my private life. I grew up with the support of two loving parents in a family of four and was always taught that achievement requires hard work and dedication. These are lessons I take with me in all walks of life. I'm married to my wonderful wife Catherine Rosser. I'm blessed with 2 amazing step children, Victoria and Jonathan, and my beautiful 20 month old daughter Rachel.

As a politician, I want to strengthen the family values that provided me with such a rich childhood experience. Family-oriented policies and a strong school system are the keys to success in this area.

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Responses to Questions (top)

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? No I think the Councillors need to be more accessible. City hall is very accessible in my opinion.
The Province plans to allow municipalities to use ranked ballots in future elections. If so, will you vote to adopt ranked ballots in Hamilton? No I will vote against ranked ballots in Hamilton. I fear that adopting this feel good option for voters would only decrease the number of voters.
Do you support the city's plan to build an east-west light rail transit (LRT) line with full capital funding from the Province? No My vision for transit will differ from every candidate I've heard from to date. I'll start with my reasoning. Everyone is concentrating on two options; a bus rapid transit system (BRT) or the light rail transit (LRT). Listening to people all around the city, I've heard complaints about both.

The pilot project running right now in downtown Hamilton has a dedicated bus lane. Local businesses are experiencing a drop in sales based on the inability for cars to stop in front of their businesses. Motorists are getting frustrated with the lane reduction as cars pile into their designated lanes while there is an open lane barely getting use beside them and DARTS buses aren't even allowed to use them. These lanes are an important part to a BRT system. The cost is significantly less than LRT but definitely is still a significant investment.

The LRT is being touted as the answer for the city. When I think of LRT, my first thought was of the highly effective "C Train" in Calgary. The LRT however is nothing like the "C Train"and is a very long term plan that was not considered when designing the city. I feel it is like trying to put a square peg in a circle hole. The square peg might be a great peg, but if it doesn't fit, it won't work. Not to mention the cost is through the roof. We are hoping that the provincial government honours its promise, made by a premier who is no longer in power and will pay the $810 million construction costs. The infra-structure updates during the construction of the LRT will be the responsibility of the city, which we don't have the budget for.

My vision for Hamilton's transit has more to do with who will provide the transit rather than how the city will provide it. I think we need to make a case for the private sector to step up and do what the private sector does best. Offer a service for a profit. For too long now our municipal government had hoped that they can solve the transit issues. The private sector will run it like a business. If they aren't providing a good service, they won't make a profit. So it is always in their best interest to provide the best service possible. It might seem a little extreme but this transit model is not new. York region currently contracts out its service to four private bus contractors, who employ the bus operators and maintain the YRT/Viva fleet. Performance-based contracts with each contractor ensure the system is always running up to the Region's high standards. Their system is not only working, it's actually been increasing the ridership. (YRT/Viva experienced a 2.4 per cent ridership increase in 2013 for a total of 22,709,612 riders)
Do you support the use of participatory budgeting to allow ward residents to propose and vote on local capital projects? Yes I support the idea of participatory budgeting. I like the idea of more communication with the constituents.
Do you support an expanded role for Hamilton to provide more affordable housing? If so, what should Hamilton do? No I believe that if there is a need it will be provided for. I don't believe that the government should be involved in affordable housing.
Do you support converting more of Hamilton's one-way thoroughfares into complete, two-way streets that support walking, cycling and transit? No I do not support converting more of Hamilton's one-way thoroughfares. I do however feel the one way street system can adapt to support walking, cycling and transit.
Do you believe Hamilton should do more to protect and enhance its built heritage? Maybe There is a fine line to walk in protecting heritage and stifling growth. Each case needs to be viewed on an individual basis.
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 I believe eliminating all pedestrian and cyclist deaths would be great. I think to accomplish this goal there needs to be a change of mindset by everyone. Cyclists, drivers and pedestrians all need to use a common sense approach. Most cyclists and pedestrians feel that the signals and signage on the road are guidelines as they are virtually unenforceable. In Calgary, pedestrians are given the right of way with push button cross walks in multiple places along the roads. Drivers out west, are conditioned to be aware of pedestrians.
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? Maybe I'd like to see the results of the pilot project before deciding on this issue. The feedback from the city has been positive but from the people has been negative.
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? Maybe The province is running a deficit. Putting a hold on this development might make sense. If planned properly though the economic benefits of this proposal could far outweigh the costs.