DOES MARIANNE ALTO SUPPORT DEAN FORTIN’S 16% JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE TAX HIKE?

Marianne Alto

MARIANNE ALTO, MOTHER OF TWO SONS, IN NDP ORANGE

 

Marianne Alto is the preferred Victoria City Council Candidate of the New Democratic Party, having endorsements from former NDP Victoria Mayor Gretchen Brewin and Rob Fleming, currently an MLA in that party.

She said the other night at the all candidates’ meeting on the fate of the Johnson Street Bridge that she would indeed seek alternative funding to replace the present bridge, in concert with the Mayor of Victoria, another socialist who has threatened to ignore the results of the mandated referendum in the event of a NO victory, and build the new bridge anyway, whatever the results of the process.

That makes her the key Establishment person to watch in this race, because she is the only such person, due to her connections to that party and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, in a real position to challenge any of the other naysaying conservationist candidates, of whom there are a worrisome nine out of eleven.

Yesterday, in the Victoria News, NDP Mayor Dean Fortin said that Victoria property taxes could go up as much as 16% or the bridge could be shut down, if the Victoria electorate rejects his borrowing plan on November 20.

This aggressive bullying position is very troubling, and it now begs the question: will Marianne Alto support the Mayor in this tactic, and vote for a tax hike of as much as 16% in the event of NO vote?

Or is she more comfortable with the average tax hike of approximately 4.56% which Victorians have been subject to for the last five years?

In her answers to taxation questions at the Victoria Chamber of Commerce‘s website, she said she believes ‘this is generally good value for the investment.’

So, what will it be, Marianne Alto?

A tax hike of 16% to support the Mayor, 4.56% to maintain the status quo or O% to give a break to local taxpayers and stimulate the local economy?

Marianne Alto at her official website is described as a principle, since 1997, in Azimuth Research and Consulting, ‘a firm specializing in outcome-based organizational change, consultation, strategic planning, and community advocacy,’ but I could find no web address for this company.

A careful search in the white and yellow pages of the current 2010 edition of Canpages for Greater Victoria does not appear to have a listing for Azimuth Research and Consulting, but there is a listing on page 106: Alto M 3536 Lorraine Rd Saanich V8P 4V3 … 370-9199.

That makes Marianne Alto a candidate who does not live in the City of Victoria proper, but rather in the municipality of Saanich to the north.

She has been criticized by her fellow candidates Paul Brown directly and Hugh Kruzel indirectly for standing to be elected in this jurisdiction where she does not actually reside.

A different telephone number is provided at the Alto campaign website than the one in the phone book, and it is: 250 881-4133.

I presume that that is the Marianne Alto campaign office phone, but am not sure.

Marianne Alto’s email address: candidate@mariannealto.ca

Similarly, at this same official campaign website, a link to which is found in the comments section below, she is described as a mother of two sons who ‘in 2003 married her partner of 20 years.’

Marriages in this country are legal arrangements licensed by the Provinces, I believe, and the identity of a candidate’s spouse is pertinent basic public interest information to which the voting public has an essential right, and which therefor should be non-optional for public disclosure.

Victoria’s citizen voters have a right to complete disclosure of basic social information about the candidates, in the public interest.

That right to basic social public interest information should always include facts about their business activities, their gender, their age, their marital status and the identity of their spouses.

As someone who has actually been disqualified from standing for public office during one election cycle, due to a dispute with a City of Victoria administrator over untimely disclosure of my financial statements, I am highly sensitive to what is, and what is not required in terms of disclosure, and I do not believe it is unreasonable to expect the kind of disclosure of basic business information and spousal identification that I am advocating for in Marianne Alto’s case.

There is no ethical, legal or logical reason for Marianne Alto to withhold  or attempt to hide such public interest information pertaining to her business activities and her marriage to her ‘partner,’ whoever that person is.

In this instance I would argue and am prepared to do so to the highest Court in this land, that the legally limited right to privacy is superceded in elections by the  voting public’s right to know basic social information about the candidates that seek to represent them in any government jurisdiction.

I believe that Marianne Alto should be more transparent, as one wonders what other information she is withholding about herself, and what other matters she would keep secret, were she elected to serve Victorians as a Councillor.

Marianne Alto should provide Victoria voters with a link to her business’ website and identify her spousal ‘partner,’ in the public interest of full transparent disclosure and accountability.

Thanks, Marianne!

 

Gregory Hartnell, Editor

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition

 

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3 Responses to DOES MARIANNE ALTO SUPPORT DEAN FORTIN’S 163 JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE TAX HIKE?

  1. goyodelarosa says:

    MARIANNE ALTO @ VICTORIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE QUESTIONAIRE:

    http://victoriachamber.ca/elections/municipal/candidate/130

  2. goyodelarosa says:

    MARIANNE ALTO’S SKETCHY BIO AT HER OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:

    http://mariannealto.ca/bio

  3. Pingback: Ross Crockford to Gregory Hartnell: Troubled by Hartnell’s comments at CCC BLOG, JSB.org director counsels public- private apology to Marianne Alto « CCC BLOG

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