In his own words: Duncan council candidate Martin Barker
Dr. Martin Barker vows to bring a balanced approach to Duncan Council to ensure taxpayers monies are not wasted, but invested wisely on behalf of residents.
Duncan is a small community with little opportunity for development of industry or other major tax bases, thus leaving the financial responsibility of our community on the backs of our current tax payers. Dr. Barker said "We must not lose sight of our core mandates as a Municipal council, which is to provide services such as water and sewer, garbage collection, roads, police and fire protection, parks, recreation and cultural facilities."
Municipal governments are often pressured into being involved in social programs or other politically popular projects but we must not stay focused on our mandate and not on becoming distracted with ideas from other levels of government. Taxes directly affect our standard of living, especially those on fixed incomes and pensions; we must keep our spending controlled. We must appreciate there is only ONE taxpayer.
Dr. Barker is a Chiropractor, a business owner and proud resident of Duncan who volunteers for the United Way and at the Warmland Homeless shelter. Dr. Martin narrowly missed a seat on council during the last municipal elections and is anxious to begin campaigning so he can ring a balanced voice to Duncan Council.
Dr. Martin Barker can be followed on line at martinbarker.ca or on facebook at Dr. Martin Barker