Motley ‘a fresh set of eyes’

Jeffrey Motley said he wants to see governance of the Municipality of North Cowichan approached more from a business perspective.

"The general sense I get from speaking with my neighbours and folks in general that I know, I think people would like to see a fresh set of eyes on council," Motley said.

He doesn’t necessarily believe that taxes in the municipality are too high, but he thinks there are opportunities to find efficiencies.

Motley said he has the ability to see the big picture, and keep things from becoming divisive. He supports economic growth and sees the need to attract business to the area, as well as provide an atmosphere in which existing businesses can expand.

He also thinks the area needs to work with the provincial and federal government on things like watershed management and effluent going into the Cowichan River.

These types of things "long-term are going to have huge impacts on the quality of life here," he said.

"I am a common sense person," Motley said, noting that he is not part of the Taxbusters group. He says he has significant international business experience, and this has given him the ability to listen to people’s challenges and find a common way to move forward, he said, but he can also make the hard decisions.

"It’s a fine balancing act," he said. "I feel I can manage growth and at the same time if it’s necessary, make very hard decisions on if items need to be cut or re-allocated."