About John Oplanich

John Oplanich

Why Do I want to Be Councillor of Ward 3 ?

At the doors of my neighbours, people have been asking me what makes you the best choice?
I am a life-long resident of Ward 3. I have lived in Baturyn for 30 years. I have a vested interest to see Ward 3 grow and succeed as a safe and prosperous place. My church, schools, businesses and community are important to me. I have been raising my family here because it has excellent services.  The decisions I make affect my family as much as they affect your family.  You are in good hands.

Make NO mistake John Oplanich is his own man.  I am a Conservative thinker.

I am NOT afraid to ask the tough questions.  I am a believer in strong leadership, partnership, and fiscal responsibility.  Attract large Multinational Corporations to our city.  Ice District is a prime example of what this can do for Edmonton.  It has the Brillance of a DIAMOND.  Everlasting.  I have always kept up with the policy & economic development of the city and want to continue to serve my Ward 3 to extend the improvements to-date.  I have an exceptional sense of fiduciary responsibility.  I am a consensus builder. I want community and youth to have a voice in our City Hall.  I listen before I speak. This is the most important skill a candidate must have.  YOU need someone that will LISTEN to you.  The Northside has been forgotten – WE NEED action & REAL CHANGE not 8 years of empty promises. 

I bring with me the experience, the vision and the desire to make a real difference —both within my Ward 3 and the city as a whole. I am excellent at drawing people together, examining all the possibilities, and emerging with the BEST solution to the problem which is agreeable to the group. In all things I have ever done I have always served with leadership and dedication. I am looking forward to taking that same commitment to public service. While I pride myself on being able to promote consensus, I have always been an independent voice and will vote my conscience, as well as those of my constituents — without influence of others or special interests.  If elected, I have NO AGENDA other than a burning desire to make my Ward 3 and my city better than it was before my term.

While our community grows, it is imperative we control our City Spending and keep tax rates as close to zero as possible.   This Council has not made any attempts in returning Edmonton to financial security. At the rate they are going YOUR Property Taxes will DOUBLE in 8 -10 years. Is that what you want? I will work closely with the Mayor to make sure our taxpayer’s dollars are spent wisely and we remain financially strong. We can’t afford to have our Councillor missing from Council meetings! Who will represent us at the table?  Ward 3 has a black eye and everyone else is getting flowers!

We need Accountabilty and Transparency.  No more secrets. DO NOT spend beyond your needs. If your going to spend then make sure you have a plan in place to pay for it.

LRT has been slipping through our fingers since the Commonwealth Games of 1976. We can’t wait until 2030. We were driving the train in 1976 and now we are in the caboose pushing everyone elses agenda. Why?

I will be fighting for NO NEW property taxes for seniors earning less than $50,000/year or 80 plus years old.  They have limited resources.

A majority of seniors only have Canada Pension & Old Age Security.  That means they are earning less than $25,000/year.  They want to stay in their homes NOT locked up in a nursing home.

Photo radar is not going away.  It`s a city cash cow acct and WARD 3 wants a part of it. I want to see every Ward in the City awarded 1 photo radar unit and all monies would go to the communities to share.

I want to see the City of Edmonton departments where possible move to a 4 day work week – 10 hours per day.  Employees I have spoken with want it.  They think it is a fantastic idea.  Every Friday or Monday is a day off instead of a sick day.  50% better time management – Productivity increases – happier employees – 66% reduction in sick-time – millions of tax payer dollars saved  

I want City of Edmonton to move where possible TO employee self-management where possible.  Proven to be very successful.  Team effort always wins. I want to pay departments bonuses/commissions for finding ways to reduce costs within their own depts.  Employees know where there is wasteful spending.

People are concerned about their safety.  Support our police & fire depts that keep us safe and use more Peace Officers patrolling our neighbourhoods.

Property taxes are out of control.  Ward 3 constituents are just trying to make a living.  Why is the City trying to make a killing?

I want to empower community leagues with teeth.  They know what is best for their community.

YMCA should be OPEN free of charge to all 1 day per week – we pay for that service with our tax dollars.

I will fight to build a City of Edmonton cell phone app to do nothing more than conduct SURVEYS on key issues in Edmonton.  In a matter of hours or days you will know how Edmontonians feel about an issue – why spend millions on studies??

I challenge all other Ward 3 candidates to promise to serve for max of 1-2 terms and then you are out.  This is the candidate YOU must Vote for.  Not the person that wants to be carried out in a coffin.

I promise to support the needs of the city which provide funding for future projects like LRT, infrastructure, fire departments, extended police coverage and recreational facilities for the youth of Edmonton so they can engage in healthy, productive and safe activities. We need to create more markets for our small business owners and boutique businesses that bring culture and character to a Ward. Ward 3 constituents are hard workers, risk-takers, and entrepreneurs but we are also very compassionate. We also can’t forget to look after the most vulnerable. For example our homeless who sleep under our trees and dig through our garbage.  The  LGBTQ. We have to be respectful and treat everyone with dignity. This is how I will earn your trust. With values and principles that are like YOUR own.

I am running to lead that effort. I believe in strong leadership and dedication.
I have many years of Real Life Experience in Business and the Corporate World.
I have been very successful for the past 30 years. This only happens because I developed an ability to listen to concerns and was able to build trust with my customers. I bring those same values to City Council. If you want to make a difference in our communities you need to VOTE for John Oplanich Ward 3 on Election Day Monday, October 16, 2017.  We can’t afford another 4 years in the back of the train.

I hope I can COUNT on you because you know YOU can count on ME.

This is what makes me the BEST choice to lead Ward 3

John knows that Ward 3 is special and has much to offer.  Join him in making it a better place for you and your families. It just needs a bit of TLC.

The Name You KNOW.

The Man YOU Can TRUST

The Councillor YOU NEED

 Have you noticed around the city for this election all the election signs advertising Looking for Workers.  Those election signs are costing us $200 per month x 3 months x 2000 signs – about $1,200,000.  Don’t you think we could have spent this money more wisely.  What did we do when we had no outdoor signs.  Why would they go enlist a company from Barrie, Ont when we have local signage companies that are starving for business right here in Edmonton.  What is going-on deep within this administration.  Does Mayor Iveson and the rest of Council really know what is going on.  Who exactly is running City Hall.  This is what you the constituent should be asking yourself when you vote.  ElectJohnOplanich who has common sense and will get to the bottom of this wasteful spending.  I know who to go after.  Curbex signage is only interested in putting our local family owned companies out of business and it looks like the City is all too happy to help them.

Vote for John Oplanich on October 16th to represent Ward 3.
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