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Compare what the candidates had to say about sustainable transportation, water and natural environment, local food, citizen engagement, climate change.

Survey responses

When deciding how to vote, or where to dedicate your time on Council, how important to you is:
 [most important; very important; important; not important; don’t know]

Transparency and citizen engagement.

Candidate namequestion_2e
Brian Bigger (incumbent) very important
Cody Cacciotti most important
Troy Crowder
Bill Crumplin most important
Jeff Huska most important
Ron Leclair
Dan Melanson most important
Patricia Mills most important
Rodney Newton very important
J. David Popescu very important
Bill Sanders most important

Here are some of our specific priorities that require leadership to implement. Indicate your level of support for:
[“I will champion that” “I will vote in favour”, “I will vote against”, “Unsure”]

Giving citizens a direct say in community improvements through participatory planning and budgeting.

Candidate namequestion_7c
Brian Bigger (incumbent) I will vote in favour
Cody Cacciotti I will champion that
Troy Crowder
Bill Crumplin I will champion that
Jeff Huska I will champion that
Ron Leclair
Dan Melanson I will vote in favour
Patricia Mills I will vote in favour
Rodney Newton I will champion that
J. David Popescu I will vote in favour
Bill Sanders I will vote in favour

What will you do to support meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and decisions, and to support citizen-led community improvements?

Candidate namequestion_5
Brian Bigger (incumbent) I’m out there listening to people at every event I attend. And that’s a lot. We already have a lot of sessions and official opportunities for dialogue already. But I also urge citizens to call their local representative, contact my office, show up and be heard at public meetings - engagement is a two way street.
Cody Cacciotti I believe that the role of mayor and council is to work for their constituents and the best way to serve them is to listen. I believe that improving communication channels through groups such as the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury and the Community Action Networks are imperative to uncovering what the priorities are in neighborhoods all across the city. I would like to see the next mayor invest time and energy visiting all areas of our city on a regular basis.
Troy Crowder
Bill Crumplin One thing that I will do as Mayor is move some Council meetings to hold them in our outlying communities. I see this as bringing government to citizens and feel that this might encourage meaningful participation in decisions. I would also insist that major decisions and policy changes involve all stakeholders, including residents that could be affected by such decisions and relevant citizen led groups, from the very beginning. While this might slow final decisions down, I feel it is imperative in developing consensus. I think we learned much as a City along this line watching the political, economic and social fallout associated with the ferro-chrome smelter issue.
Jeff Huska I'm all about collaborative leadership, I believe engaging the end user is paramount in moving ideas and concepts. Get it right the first time. I feel that citizens that have sound plans and deliverables towards community improvements should be supported. We have economic development we also need a team on community development where residents can submit improvement plans and if approved work with a team to see its completion.
Ron Leclair
Dan Melanson I encourage meaningful citizen engagement in municipal policies and community improvements. I will commit to an open door policy in the mayor’s office, ensure public consultation and invite and listen to the opinions of individual citizens and groups.
Patricia Mills I started my campaign with a commitment to listen, learn and lead. I will take those values with me into the mayor's office, and out into the community. Hosting regular town halls in each ward, I will take our council out of city hall and into your neighborhood. Convening a youth council to foster meaningful engagement with students and young professionals is another strategy I will employ.As much as possible, I will ensure information is provided openly without pushing constituents to depend on the frustrating Freedom of Information process. I will enforce the Council Code of Ethics to ensure that citizens will be respected by their city government when they present their perspectives. Most importantly, I will act with Respect, Openness, and Integrity - making it easy for you to hold me accountable by setting measurable benchmarks for success - your ROI on a vote for Patricia Mills.
Rodney Newton
J. David Popescu The study of God's Word, the bible promoted privately and publicly at all levels of society is the only thing that enables citizens to make godly decisions for wholesome lasting improvements.
Bill Sanders Engagement begins with the councillors. They are the direct link to the people. I will work with the council to facilitate citizen engagement. I support citizen-led community improvements. I believe strongly in everyone taking ownership. Its something that always guided how I approach projects and it is very successful.

Platform statements

Candidate nameCommunity Engagement
Brian Bigger (incumbent)
Cody Cacciotti

“Citizens must elect a mayor that will work collaboratively with council and staff to encourage further participation from all communities across the city. Having an active presence in neighbourhoods and with community groups in all areas of the city must be a priority moving forward. Ongoing dialogue and open discussion through regularly scheduled community forums is imperative if we are to work collectively to improve the quality of life for all of Greater Sudbury’s citizens. »

From, checked September 18, 2028.

Troy Crowder
Bill Crumplin

“I will hold myself and Council responsible for having respectful interactions within and between Council, Management, Staff and Citizens. I will ensure that our Charter and a Code of Ethics is followed.”
“Investigate and implement when and where possible, holding Council Meetings in various communities of Greater Sudbury. This will allow me and Council to better understand the city-wide implications of our decisions.
To create trust and true openness I will implement a publicly available Lobbyist Registry for firms or individuals that meet with myself or members of Council.  This will allow for more transparency and accountability for citizens and Councillors alike.
In addition to modifying the 311 service to link point of contact staff to callers and allow staff to call back if need be, I will work with senior management to establish one Official City electronic platform that allows citizen input on matters of interest. Citizens will know that there exists an official and open form of communicating with Council.”
From, checked October 12, 2018

Jeff Huska

We must be good stewards of your tax dollars and be transparent when major decisions are made.”
From, checked August 21, 2018

Ron Leclair
Dan Melanson
Patricia Mills

“I want to create a city hall that gives citizens a voice and is accountable to them. You will be able to measure me over the next four years on the results I achieve, and where I may fall short of my goals. I will make it easy for you to hold me accountable.”
“I will hold town hall meetings in each ward in my first year as mayor.”
“I will run a respectful council. We have a Greater Sudbury Council Code of Ethics – it will be enforced.”
“We will set targets for the services you care about and we will publicly post our performance on the city’s website.”
“I will ensure responses to the Integrity Commissioner are delivered within the 15-day allotted time limit every time. We will publish the official results of the Wrongdoing Hotline. We will publish the number of Code of Conduct complaints on a year by year basis, and work towards reducing them. We will also work to reduce the number of Freedom of Information appeals. If one is denied, we’ll hold a news conference to explain why. If the media wants publicly available information, we will work to provide it, without making them go through the FOI process.”
From, checked October 12, 2018.

Rodney Newton
J. David Popescu
Bill Sanders

“The key to a successful city is its transparency and its ability to include everyone in its decision-making. To that end : We need to listen to the people, the experts the consultants and act on that advice; We need to create a culture that sees information not as the power to control, but as an invitation to get involved.”
From official platform, provided September 17, 2018.