Controlling taxes, encouraging business top Mann’s priorities for North Cowichan

Jagtar Singh Mann is back for another try for a North Cowichan council seat.

"People have been asking me. That’s why I decided to run again," he said.

His major issue: control taxes. The second plank of his platform is supporting business.

The two issues are connected, according to Mann.

"When you want to support business, you have to control spending and taxes. Council don’t seem to be making the right decisions right now. I watched them for the past 10 years. They don’t listen. So many people on council don’t even seem to care."

This might be his year, Mann said. "A few of them are stepping down from council. It’s an opportunity."

Mann said he’s really concerned at seeing so many young people forced to look outside the Cowichan Valley for work.

"The kids are running away from here, to Alberta, to work. They can’t work here," he said.

Mann might have one interesting solution for providing more work.

"People are saying they want a cruise ship port in Chemainus. Why not? They are talking about building a big hotel, too. We need one. But if council only thinks in the old way, like a hundred years back, it won’t happen."

Development should be encouraged, and the City of Duncan seems more inviting to investors, making areas like Polkey Road attractive to business, he said.

"There should be lots services here. People don’t want to have to drive too far," he said.

And on top of those, there really needs to be a push to build more facilities for old or handicapped people, Mann said.

"We don’t have that. People have the money. They want to invest it. But they’re not allowed to yet," he said.

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