Armand Hurford for Mayor
Addressing Squamish’s core economic and livability challenges that the District of Squamish can have a meaningful impact on. We must:
- Address high rent prices and low rental availability by adopting municipal policies that increase rental supply
- Advocate for provincial support for a regional transit solution
- Create incentives and reduce barriers to increased affordable childcare capacity to meet the demand of a growing base of young families Increase funding for better public transit to support affordable mobility in Squamish
- Increase funding for better public transit to increase affordable mobility in Squamish
- Ease the burden on taxpayers by getting more from developers towards infrastructure such as affordable housing, daycare space and public amenities
A high percentage of our population has to leave Squamish on a daily basis for employment. We need to ensure we do not perpetuate the need to commute for employment. To do so will require:
- Leveraging Squamish’s natural assets to attract business, investment and jobs. Squamish has all the attributes necessary to build its economic base by incentivizing innovative manufacturing companies, leading environmental industries and recreational service businesses to invest in Squamish as their home to grow and create jobs
- Ensuring building and housing development results in more than just housing but a net investment in Squamish’s public infrastructure necessary to support the people that live in Squamish today and in the future
- Balancing the need for growth with protecting and preserving the core social, cultural, recreational and environmental amenities and values that have drawn so many to live here.
Our newly elected mayor and council must work to find common ground to collaboratively and respectfully address the concerns and aspirations of all members of the town and of the Squamish Nation, and to ensure they see themselves reflected in the town’s processes and the future we are building for current and the future generations.
- We must avoid polarization, division, and conflict
- We must base our decisions on a solid economic, technical, and environmental fact base with input about the hopes, concerns, and needs of our citizens
- We must work in Squamish’s interests and adhere to open and transparent processes for making decisions that are free from undue influence from lobbyists
Climate and Squamish’s economy
Squamish, like much of North America, is feeling the effects of climate change. While Squamish and its citizens need to do everything in their power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Squamish must also adapt to the changes that are underway.
Squamish must filter its decisions and policies to ensure that they serve to both reduce emissions and ensure that Squamish’s capital investments and infrastructure are designed to withstand and protect from forest fires, droughts, heat waves and severe unseasonal weather.
Greenhouse gas reductions efforts and adapting our infrastructure to meet the impacts of a changing climate is good environmental and economic policy.
I am a seasonal book-worm and a policy nerd that loves the outdoors, and spend my time either camping, canoeing, hiking, cycling or just being with my family. Also, I greatly enjoy log rolling, nature photography, spirited debate and live music.
Squamish has been the home of my family for four generations, giving me a deep understanding of its history and a vested interest in its future. Over the past 4 years, I have served my first term as a councillor with the District of Squamish. In addition to this role, I have owned and operated a local business for the past 15 years, and I am a founding member of SORCA (Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association) and a life-long volunteer with SquamishDays Loggers Sports.
I believe in finding common ground and building effective working relationships to tackle the complicated issues of our growing community.
Please contact me, I want to hear from you!
Questions & Answers
Stay tuned for more neighbourhood chats where you can meet Armand and ask him your questions.
Meet the candidate @ Galileo Coffee from 11am to 2:30pm
Neighbourhood chat - Event #2 @ Cloudburst Cafe from 9am to 12pm
Neighbourhood chat - Event #3 @ Bean Brackendale from 9am to 12pm
Neighbourhood chat - Event #4 @ Smoke Bluff Coffee House from 8am to 11am
Neighbourhood chat - Event #5 @ Parklet downtown (corner of Cleveland & Winnipeg) from 9am to 12pm
Neighbourhood chat - Event #6 @ Cloudburst Cafe from 9am to 12pm
Neighbourhood chat - Event #7 @ Wonderlands Emporium from 9am to 12pm
We will keep you up to date with what is happening with our campaign and what you can do to help out!
Campaign Donors 🎉
Here are all the people who have donated to my campaign for election.