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Robert Quaiff files intention to seek mayor’s chair

North Marysburgh councillor Robert Quaiff signs his nomination forms in the presence of Prince Edward County Clerk Kim White and his wife, Susan Quaiff.

North Marysburgh councillor Robert Quaiff signs his nomination forms in the presence of Prince Edward County Clerk Kim White and his wife, Susan Quaiff.

Robert Quaiff is the first to file nomination forms in a bid to become Mayor of Prince Edward County. With his wife Susan at his side, the North Marysburgh councillor made his intention public, at Shire Hall, Tuesday morning.

Quaiff, 60, was born and raised in the County and is interested in continuing positive efforts now under way.

“This council has done a pretty good job providing financial sustainability going forward,” said the retired financial advisor. “In 2011 we had 425,000 in reserves, today we have 4,390,000.”

Quaiff said a council under his leadership would continue building on a rural creative economy over high paying manufacturing jobs. “While Prince Edward County would embrace that sector, I just don’t see that happening,” he noted.

He promises healthcare concerns will be front and centre “to provide appropriate healthcare – both acute and chronic care” and says affordable housing needs must also continue to be one a priorities, for the needs of everyone from young families to seniors.

“As Chair of the Police Services Board since around 2001 I have seen the cost of policing rise significantly and with the province holding discussions about new billing formulas, I believe I can provide some valuable input there.”

Quaiff would also like to see Picton Harbour revitalized to become an economic driver.

“I’d like to see a plan in place for that. We have one of the greatest protected harbours in Ontario so let’s use it to our advantage.”

Over the past few years Quaiff has continued extensive efforts to discourage the introduction of Industrial Wind Turbines to the County. He has also made contributions as a member of the Wainfleet Working Group and attends numerous meetings with ministries asking for more municipal control.

Quaiff served on council from 2000-2003, then again from 2010-2014.

“Over the years I’ve managed to gain a network of provincial, federal and municipal contacts as well as many contacts through the OPP.  I love the County and want to continue to be involved.”

He’s a father of three and grandfather of five.

Requesting opinions from his children, he was told he would bring the qualities of common sense, care, experience and effort.

The opinion of the grandchildren on why he would run for mayor: “You’re Grandpa. You just love people.”

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  1. Barney Rubble says:

    Seems that Robert is a good choice for the job, hopefully he will downsize council and add some backbone to our representatives. Need justification:

    http://www.intelligencer.ca/2014/03/13/the-gang-that-couldnt-vote-straight

  2. Wolf Braun says:

    “I don’t think Robert flip flopped at all. I think he recognized the desire for a smaller Council but like so many others could not accept electoral boundaries poorly thought out and the impact of that.” — Mark

    Did RQ offer up an alternative solution that would have satisfied the desire for a smaller Council ?

  3. Mark says:

    I don’t think Robert flip flopped at all. I think he recognized the desire for a smaller Council but like so many others could not accept electoral boundaries poorly thought out and the impact of that. The County no longer needs to cling to 10 former townships,a town and villages. We need 8 to 10 smart women and men to make sound decisions. And I could care less where they live in the County as long as they are for the better good of all. I still like the idea of every vote carrying equal weight for the Council makeup. The days of protecting your favorite little area are gone. The train left the station with amalgamation!

  4. Marnie says:

    Let’s hope they have some – principles that is.

  5. Wolf Braun says:

    “Candidates typically run on a platform of issues they support, that are important to the community and they would like to pursue and garner Council support as opposed to outlining principles.” — Mark

    Some people are able to do both – issues and principles. 🙂

  6. Dave says:

    So the candidate who voted against reducing council after a town hall meeting in North Marysburgh that overwhelmingly voted for a reduced council. If elected mayor what else could he do a flip flop on?
    I thought as an elected official you where supposed to vote for he wishes of the people who put you there.
    I hope somebody with principal runs against Flip Flop Quaif.

  7. Mark says:

    Candidates typically run on a platform of issues they support, that are important to the community and they would like to pursue and garner Council support as opposed to outlining principles. We have many important issues i.e. industrial turbines, water & wastewater, roads,local health care,housing,urban development to name a few. That’s what I want to know where they stand and propose as a solution.

  8. Marnie says:

    Robert sounds like the right sort of candidate and definitely brings a lot to the table. However, others may enter the race who also have impressive qualifications. We should listen to what each candidate has to say before marking our ballots rather than instantly electing the first person with his hat in the ring. Let’s hope we go to all-candidates’ meetings with an open mind.

  9. Doris Lane says:

    Great news. I know you will continue to be available to the citizens of the county in their quest for answers to their problems. All the best.

  10. Jack says:

    In all my dealings with Robert he listened to my concerns ,educated himself and then took the time to help me if he could. I think he would do a great job in what most cases is a thankless position. He is a great canidate for mayor.

  11. Kathryn Walker says:

    This is such good news. You have my support as our next mayor.

  12. Wolf Braun says:

    I will be looking forward to hearing what principles Mr. Quaiff will adhere to should he become Mayor. I don’t really know him but if his principles make sense, over others, he’ll get my vote.

  13. Paul Wallace says:

    I am confident that Robert is the best choice for Mayor. Over the past decade I have watched Robert deal with issues of the environment, roads, policing costs, local hospital, the potential of Picton harbour, size of council and wind turbines and am so impressed by his hard work and dedication. He is progressive and has the future prosperity of the County in his sights. I have been very discouraged in the past with the outdated decisions several councilors have made which negatively affect our future rural economy and lifestyle. I am in full support for Robert as our next Mayor.

  14. Karen Empringham says:

    Great news! You will be great as Mayor where you can build on the foundation Council has achieved over the past few years! We really need a “champion” right now!

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