One of only two candidates vying to fill the mayor’s seat, Carol Leclerc says her focus will be on long-term planning.
The 53-year-year old, born and raised in Terrace, says this means enhancing transportation for commuters on bike and foot and reviewing Terrace’s aging parks strategy
“The parks plan is outdated, it’s from 1984,” said Leclerc. “So if we are going to have a global look at the greater Terrace area we need to update that green space plan, that parks plan.”
She wants to pressure the province to relieve the challenging pedestrian commuting along the congested Keith Ave. corridor and find “a way of expanding the sidewalks so you could also have a bit of bike path.”
She said pressures on housing from industrial growth and local infrastructure has shown that “we are not ready for the growth that could come if major LNG facilities are built.”
Leclerc also wants a strategy to recruit and keep health care workers.
“I look at health care and it’s the biggest cost in our provincial budget, how can we as a council and mayor keep a healthy and vibrant community so we can have a better life style.”
Her vision is to have an extended Terrace of 25,000 people by 2025 and says she thinks Thornhill should be able to have another chance to vote on whether they want to share municipal boundaries with Terrace.
“I’m for joint planning,” Leclerc said. “The motions that Mr. [Ted] Ramsey put through the regional district, I felt he was kind of narrowing the options of people in Thornhill because they will get to vote on whether they want to incorporate or not and I thought it could be broader and informative so people could consider incorporating or extending their boundaries and being part of Terrace. It’s not a Terrace take over Thornhill by any means.”
She said incorporating would cost something to those in Thornhill, a factor which caused some to previously vote against amalgamation.
Leclerc works as the district trades career coordinator for the Coast Mountain School District and currently she is a member of the rotary society.
Leclerc had previously served nine years as city councillor from 2003 to 2011, but left municipal politics because she said she needed a break.
She then ran as a B.C. Liberal candidate for Skeena in the 2013 provincial election and while unsuccessful, increased the Liberal vote.
Leclerc was nominated by Jack Talstra and Brad Pollard.