Why I'm Running

Four years ago, I ran for Edmonton City Council in what was then ward 4 and has now been renamed Dene. I was a proud north-ender, invested in Edmonton, and wanted the opportunity to work for you for the betterment of our northeast communities. That is still true today.

Our city and province have been through a number of difficult years, made even more challenging with the pandemic. It is more important than ever that the city leadership takes a look at everything it does to ensure that all Edmontonians are getting the best value for their tax dollars and are in a position to participate in the economic recovery and future growth.

In November 2018, we learned that the city had spent over $600 million on consultants. In September 2020, we saw a report showing that front line staff have decreased in number while the numbers of supervisors and managers have increased. In November 2020, we heard that the city’s operational spending had increased over 200% since 2000 and our long-term debt is over 100% higher per resident than comparable cities. In February 2021 a new report cited confusion and mismanagement in Edmonton’s snow clearing.

As we move forward, I want to hear from you. I want to know what your priorities are. I want to work together with you to address those priorities. I don't need to tell you what's great about the northeast because you already know. You live, work, and play here. So do I. I'm running to be your city councillor so we can partner together, fix the issues that are causing Edmontonians so much frustration and disappointment with city hall, and build an even better, stronger city that is equipped to benefit from and capitalize on future economic growth.

Tricia Velthuizen for Edmonton City Council