I just watched a video on YouTube, which was recently posted by Ken Sim.
The entrepreneur and former investment banker is one of three people seeking the NPA's Vancouver mayoral nomination at the civic party's June 3 meeting.
Sim's video is an unabashed pitch at looking at the City of Vancouver as a $1.4-billion business with thousands of employees and about 650,000 customers, i.e. the residents.
"If you treat it like a business, I think a lot of magical things are going to happen," Sims says.
If you don't feel like watching the video below, here are some of his quotes.
"It looks like the city has been run in such a manner where people don't feel that they have a say and they don't understand what's going on with our city finances—and I think it's a great time to change that dialogue."
"We analyze all of our financials all the time and it's great. Because there are two things that happen. One, you see places where you really shouldn't be throwing money away, but two, there are also places where there are opportunities where you can actually invest your dollars wisely in business. It could be something that makes you more profitable. In a city, it could build our communities or make our businesses more successful. We improve the social fabric of our city."
"I can't wait to get into the books of the City of Vancouver so we could start looking at what we should be doing better."
"I'm going to be a very pro-business mayor and we'll be a place that attracts new businesses, small and large, to come to the city and give us a lot more opportunity for all of our residents and create really great-paying jobs and leading-edge jobs."
"What I do best is I actually put teams together. And we're going to put great teams together from all waks of life from our city to tackle our really challenging problems. And we're going to do it together."More