Frank Kennedy is a Keremeos council hopeful

Keremeos council candidates discuss their priority issues

  • Nov. 16, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Frank Kennedy, councillor candidate for Keremeos

What are your views with respect to village responsibilities regarding transient farm workers and their needs?

I am asked for my views with respect to village responsibilities regarding transient farm workers and their needs; the short answer would be to embrace them.

Being that it has been a hotly contested issue left to fester over the coarse of generations, I would start by bringing forward some indisputable facts. Over a coarse of time a group of long time ‘good old boys’ has deliberately incorporated a socialist monopoly over this Village by closing the door to competition. Those in power in our community do not want commerce to work. That means no industrial park, no commerce, no growth. The businesses that thrive here are those who belong to the “click”, and all they want are the welfare checks, unemployment checks the pensioners’ checks, their land and houses when they, loose there job, fail in business or die of old age. Their game is to keep the area deemed a “Depressed Area”. In there eyes we are all transients. Take their money and get…is their motto.. The transient farm workers on the other hand do not buy houses or businesses or work for the “click businesses” so they are reduced down in the public’s eye to animals that run loose in our community, stink, rob, deface property and scare our elderly. Give me a break…

Approximately 26 years ago the government stepped up and offered all farmers, large and small, picker shakes, fully equipped living quarters with kitchens and the ability to clean one self. A sample can still be seen as you drive toward Cawston on your left hand side you can see three white one’s in a row. The only prerequisite was the farmer had to install septic systems. As we can see, this program failed in most part because the farmer refused the expense of putting in septic systems.

Lets introduce to you all the fruit, ground crop and the ever so growing grape industry in this Canadian province we call B.C. I will say just as an example, our famous B.C. apple industry alone brings in 13 million dollars a year. It is apparent to me something is rotten here. How do these corporations make one penny without addressing how they get the product from the farm to their warehouses. Is it free? Do these industries organize their seasonal work forces?  I think not.

Keremeos is the central area of commerce to the Lower Similkameen. If elected to the Similkameen, I would encourage us as a community to embrace the farm workers by organizing, proper training and giving this work force the flexibility to pick the right weather belt at the right time for the least amount of money therefore eliminating a great deal of shrinkage do to lack of organization, that alone means more money to the farmer right on up the latter.

I am not a great fan of a farm workers campground but do believe in strategically placed ‘Green Camps’ that are no more than five to seven mile radiuses in the more dense growing areas and farm workers to those farms are registered in those camps. Electric pedal bikes and racks would be provided for rentals. When a large number of hands are needed in a weather belt that is outside of the camps radius bussing is mobilized. Our school busses lay idol for a great part of the season so they would be mobilized and shared with not only our school uses but for farm workers uses and senior uses. Like any apartment building there are paid laundry facilities. Each work camp would be equipped with token operated laundry and shower and bed. If your getting a nervous sweat about the money and how much of this is coming out of your pocket, relax, it’s geared to make money.

Obviously there is more to this solution than what could be talked about in this question. I would be happy to engage anyone about this topic that is so near and dear to me..

 

2.   What kind of industry (if any) would you work towards attracting to Keremeos?

 

Green, Green, Green and more Green industry is my short answer.

In my opinion our infrastructure is in rough shape, very rough shape, like the economy, its in very rough shape too.

We as a community cannot be luckier. The opportunity to take advantage of the depressed market and buy two strategic pieces of land is right now.

For Keremeos to be successful in the years ahead we must acquire Pin Cushion as our industrial park. Its ready to roll and with a brand new infrastructure in place it will attract business and jobs now. The key to our future is to make this industrial park the first 100 per cent green park in the world. The second piece of property will introduce a state of the art grocery store and plaza, a “go to” destination that will attract people from all over the world. Also on this piece of property we as a community will all be involved in a new concept of farming called “staked farming”. There are currently only 4 in the world. We have the perfect scenario to succeed in this venture.

If your getting a nervous sweat about the money and how much of this is coming out of your pocket, relax, it’s geared to make money.

Obviously there is more to this solution than what could be talked about in this question. I would be happy to engage anyone about this topic that is so near and dear to me.

3. Do you have any suggestions or initiatives you would like to pursue with respect to improving small business in Keremeos?

Yes I believe competition, free enterprise makes capitalism flourish. corporatism, cronyism and the monopolization of our towns and cities kill small business.

To improve small business in Keremeos a whole new government must be elected. The problem we still face right now in this current election cycle is “stacked cronyism” that means a puppet government for three more years. How serious is this problem. Very serious. A number of corporations are desperate to hang on to the reigns of power here in Keremeos. They are to name just a few in my opinion, the now multi-conglomerate Fortis/Terasen, Black Press, The OWT Group, the all mighty out of control RCMP and there sister ICBC and of course we can’t forget “the Three Kings of Keremeos” and their partner in crime the RDOS. The banks. I could go on but what good is that.

In this election cycle let’s unite as a community and cross out everybody on there and write in “elect Frank Kennedy” as interim leader to all the Similkameen. We will all come together as a community through many well-advertised forums to democratically elect a new government, one that is transparent to the people.

That’s how we could improve small business in Keremeos

If your getting a nervous sweat about the money and how much of this is coming out of your pocket, relax, it’s geared to make money.

Obviously there is more to this solution than what could be talked about in this question. I would be happy to engage anyone about this topic that is so near and dear to me.

4. Do you have any original thoughts on tax reduction for   Keremeos taxpayers?

I have many original thoughts on tax reduction, better than that I have sound solutions that can be achieved but it will take a community to come together, have the guts and vote with your marker in the voting booth. Cross all the candidates out and write in Frank Kennedy for interim leader to the Similkameen.

Ask yourself this question. If my house taxes, water, hydro, gas, phone and TV were all taken care of would you agree to pay a 15 per cent flat tax on anything you purchase not including food? If your getting a nervous sweat about the money and how much of this is coming out of your pocket, relax,  it’s geared to make money.

Obviously there is more to this solution than what could be talked about in this question. I would be happy to engage anyone about this topic that is so near and dear to me.  Thank you.

 

Please vote Frank Kennedy to take back our governments, starting right here at home..

 

 

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