Fluoride Action Network

Stephen Dabbagh: Ward 14. Calgary council candidate on fluoridation

Source: Calgary Herald | October 7th, 2021
Location: Canada, Alberta

The next city council could be asked to return fluoride to the city’s water supply. What is your position on this?

No. Risk outweighs benefits.

Occupation: Firefighter Captain

Political/volunteer experience: PPC party volunteer Calgary Midnapore

What is your motivation for seeking a seat on city council?

Uphold freedom, protect the public and unite the community.

Describe your leadership style:

Effective leadership comes from a desire to those you mean to lead.

What do you consider the single most important issue facing Calgarians, and what should be done about it?

Freedom to work, live and thrive without segregation, division and discrimination.

What are the three most important issues in your ward, and how would you address them?

1. Dealing with division, segregation and discrimination. Helping the community to unite and heal after the traumatic pandemic.

Safety and protection need to be addressed for frontline staffing and snow removal reorganization.

Do you support the city’s downtown revitalization strategy? Where should funding and programs be focused?

Yes, I support the revitalization of the cities core. A downtown police station, assistance for small businesses to excel, less expensive parking and increasing foot traffic rather than car traffic. Supporting the arts, helping them recover after COVID and thrive. More outdoor public events and festivals.

What innovative project or job creation measure can you propose to aid Calgary’s post-COVID economic recovery?

Innovation can only be sparked by people’s ability to freely access all that our city has to offer. Freedom of movement and choice. Small businesses need more avenues to be able to promote themselves on a larger scale. They are the backbone of our province and city. Tax breaks, offering free advertising and having more job fairs.

What should city council do to keep young adults from leaving Calgary?

Give small businesses every opportunity to be successful.

* All candidate Q&As have been edited for clarity and brevity. 

*Original article online at https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/stephen-dabbagh-ward-14-calgary-council-candidate-questionnaire