Castanet News has distributed a questionnaire to each candidate running for local council in the South Okanagan.
All candidates have been given the same questions, and answers have been edited for clarity and brevity when needed. Responses will be published daily in the weeks ahead. An interactive database of Okanagan candidates, including previous questionnaire stories, is available here and is being updated daily.
Election day is Oct. 15.
Summerland candidate: Peter Bognar
Why would you make an effective municipal councillor?
I have a great deal of experience in finance, negotiating, and agriculture. This through my degree in economics and management of stocks and mutual funds; several contract negotiations with employees and governments and my presidency of the Gellatly Nut Farm Society.
In your view, what is the number one issue facing Summerland today, and how would you deal with it, knowing Municipal Hall only has so much power?
I believe the main issue is providing timely medical care to our residents. We need to liaise with provincial and federal governments and encourage local medical personnel
How would you make Summerland more affordable?
By careful analysis of the council’s budgets and recommending potential savings.
What is one example of a time you agreed with Summerland council over the past term, and one where you disagreed?
Disagreed with Official Community Plan.
Agreed with study of recreational facilities.
If you had $1 million to spend on anything for Summerland, how would you spend it?
To increase the medical presence and increase effort at climate control.
Picture Summerland 20 years from now. What are the key aspects that are making it thrive
Preservation of the current status quota. Ongoing concentration of the attractive benefits of living in Summerland which makes us a desirable retirement venue.