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Politician Profile

Dean Hopkins

Dean Hopkins

"Standing up for Calgarians. A working-class man, a veteran, a man with a vision."

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Economic

Taxes, spending & infrastructure

Free Children's Sports

I will spend 1% of Calgary's annual budget in a new physical education initiative, where all public schools can receive funding from the City to register each student for one sport for free each year.

Building a child’s confidence is essential to their mental health and being part of a team has value in developing a variety of skills. Parents should not have the additional burden of finding an extra $200+ per child each year so they can participate in a school sport.

Reduce Business Tax

I will reduce business taxes by 10% for two years before implementing any increases. 

Reassess Legacy Projects

I will reassess legacy projects such as the Green Line, Field House, BMO Centre expansion and new arena. 

I am not prepared to put further financial strain on the people of our city for legacy projects. If contractors request further funding due to operation budget overruns, I will be advising the council that the cash register of our city is closed. The contractors should build with the funds they have been allocated according to their contracts with the city.

Better Core Services

I will increase financial support to both fire and police programs in order to protect citizens and their property. 

Social

social issues & public policy

Mental Health Funding

Let's make funding available to organizations actively addressing mental health issues.

Mental health issues in our city are increasing at an epidemic rate. I have actively worked in this charitable sector in many communities and understand that mental health is a priority that has to be addressed.

Fighting Poverty

I will create a new department of Calgary Community Social Services (CCSS).

The CCSS will assist struggling Calgarians in the areas of food procurement, housing, clothing, health care, counselling, mediation, transportation, jobs, rehabilitation, child care and community training. 

Senior Care

As your future Mayor I need to advise the new council to invest in senior care. COVID has brought to light both the failures and dangers of our care homes.

My 3-point plan for senior care includes: (i) the creation of new long-term care facilities, (ii) providing access to information and face-to-face interactions through a new Calgary Community Social Services (CCSS) division, and (iii) enhancing safety in seniors' communities and facilitates through regular police visits and patrols. 

Discrimination Education

Societal problems such as discrimination, racism and bullying can be fought by educating our youth in tolerance and diversity.

Let's fund an initiative to bring inspirational speakers to schools to present on topics such as transitioning to adulthood, morality, ethics, religious differences and bullying, with field trips that include visiting correctional facilities and the various places of worship. 

No COVID Mandates

I am against enforcing mask mandates, mandatory vaccinations and vaccine passports.

I will stand up for all in Calgary that face social injustice or discrimination and will advise council that as the new leaders of the city we should not be enforcing mandatory vaccinations or reintroducing mandatory masking within Calgary and that we should not support vaccine passports to be used in the city either.

Environment

climate, energy & Sustainability

Ban Single-Use Plastics

Calgary should lead the way for the province to ban all single-use plastics starting with plastic packaging used for food, convenience, and hardware stores.

Calgary Hydrogen Plant

City Hall should invest in building a Calgary blue hydrogen HUB to lead the way in providing new energy sources. 

Retrain Energy Workers

I will divert funds to retrain former Oil & Gas workers to be a part of the new Calgary Energy. 

Leadership

philosophy & guiding principles

Fiscal Responsibility

We must have conscientious budgeting and fiscal responsibility, with a plan to revamp the current budgeting process to become more flexible by 2023. 

The primary function of any governing body is the protection of life and property. For far too long our past municipal governments have focused on building a nice bright new modern city. This however comes at the cost of safety and welfare to the people who live in our neighborhoods and communities.

Term Limits

I will fight to implement a 3-term limit for City Council and a 2-term limit for Mayor. 

Transparency At City Hall

There should be total transparency and accountability of the Mayor’s and Councillor’s expenses by making the information available on the City's website every year.

No Golden Pensions

Council pensions should lowered to the same level offered to city workers and administrators. This would mean no more Golden Pensions.

I am not a wealthy man but because of my code of ethics and morals, I would not be comfortable with personally taking a double pension. Should the new Council vote against this proposal then as your Mayor and the leader of our city I will still not accept the Mayor’s Golden Pension.

Economic

Economy, collection & spending of city revenue

Free Children's Sports

Dean supports spending 1% of Calgary’s annual budget in a new physical education initiative, where all public schools can receive funding from the City to register each student for one sport for free each year.

“Building a child’s confidence is essential to their mental health and being part of a team has value in developing a variety of skills. Parents should not have the additional burden of finding an extra $200+ per child each year so they can participate in a school sport.”

Reduce business tax

If elected, Dean would reduce business taxes by 10% for two years before implementing any increases. 

Reassess legacy projects

Dean supports reassessing “legacy projects” such as the Green Line, Field House, BMO Centre expansion and new arena. 

“I am not prepared to put further financial strain on the people of our city for legacy projects. If contractors request further funding due to operation budget overruns, I will be advising the council that the cash register of our city is closed. The contractors should build with the funds they have been allocated according to their contracts with the city.”

Better Core Services

Dean advocates for increasing financial support to both fire and police programs in order to protect citizens and their property. 

Social

Stance on trending social issues & public policy

Mental Health Funding

Dean supports making funding available to organizations actively addressing mental health issues.

“Mental health issues in our city are increasing at an epidemic rate. I have actively worked in this charitable sector in many communities and understand that mental health is a priority that has to be addressed.”

Discrimination Education

Dean believes that societal problems such as discrimination, racism and bullying can be fought by educating our youth. He supports funding an initiative to bring inspirational speakers to schools to present on topics such as transitioning to adulthood, morality, ethics, religious differences and bullying, with field trips that include visiting correctional facilities and the various places of worship. 

Fighting Poverty

Dean wants to create a new department of Calgary Community Social Services (CCSS) to assist struggling Calgarians in the areas of food procurement, housing, clothing, health care, counselling, mediation, transportation, jobs, rehabilitation, child care and community training. 

No Covid mandates

Dean is against enforcing mask mandates, mandatory vaccinations and vaccine passports.

“I provided a document to Council January 2021 that gave recommendations to eradicate the spread of covid in facilitates. However nothing was done about it. If elected, I will work with CEMA and council to implement these policies.”

Environment

Plan to address climate, energy & resources

Ban Single-Use Plastics

Dean believes that Calgary should lead the way for the province to ban all single-use plastics starting with plastic packaging used for food, convenience, and hardware stores.

Calgary Hydrogen Plant

Dean believes that City Hall should invest in building a Calgary blue hydrogen HUB. 

Retrain energy workers

Dean wants to help retrain former Oil & Gas workers to be a part of the “new Calgary Energy”. 

Leadership

Governance philosophy & guiding principles

Fiscal Responsibility

Dean advocates for conscientious budgeting and fiscal responsibility, with a plan to revamp the current budgeting process to become more flexible by 2023. 

“The primary function of any governing body is the protection of life and property. For far too long our past municipal governments have focused on building a nice bright new modern city. This however comes at the cost of safety and welfare to the people who live in our neighborhoods and communities.”

Term Limits

Dean advocates for a 3-term (12 years) limit for City Council and a 2-term (8 years) limit for Mayor. 

Transparency at City Hall

Dean advocates for total transparency and accountability of the Mayor’s and Councillor’s expenses by making the information available on the City’s website every year.

No Golden Pensions

Dean supports setting Council pensions at the same pension scheme offered to city workers and administrators. This would mean no ‘Golden Pensions’.

“I am not a wealthy man but because of my code of ethics and morals, I would not be comfortable with personally taking a double pension. Should the new Council vote against this proposal then as your Mayor and the leader of our city I will still not accept the Mayor’s Golden Pension.”

MORE ABOUT DEAN

As a small boy Dean’s father would say: “Dean, if you ever want to change your life all you need to do is be prepared to take that first step.” Dean took it upon himself to take that first step, travelled from his small town to the big city, and signed himself into a junior leadership military academy for boys.

That step would lead him on many military campaigns and to numerous war-torn countries throughout the world. He was involved in peacekeeping, counterterrorism, emergency support and combat deployments that spanned three decades.

Rising through the ranks of military service, he advanced from private soldier to the commissioned officer rank of captain. He acquired his education from some of the best military academies available to him, including the British Sandhurst Academy for Military Officers. If asked about his formal qualifications and certification, he will tell you that he wears his qualifications on his chest, on his sleeve and in his heart.

Dean gained life experiences during extremely difficult and complicated encounters. The ability to bring forth calmness in the midst of chaos was one of the reasons Dean was placed in a position of leadership. During one such situation, Dean was awarded a General Commanding Land Forces Bosnia Commendation for Bravery.

During deployment and witnessing the horrendous acts that humanity was capable of inflicting, Dean promised himself two things:

First, that once he retired from military service, he would find a peaceful country where he could find a city with good, kind citizens. He wanted a place that had good governance and where he could obtain a 9-to-5 job with zero stress and also volunteer to help people struggling with life challenging situations and to hopefully find a woman to love. He picked Canada and settled in Calgary. He found a job in the facilities maintenance sector and has worked in Calgary for over a decade. Dean has volunteered for numerous organizations in Calgary, helping citizens in many ways. The many hundreds of people who know Dean will tell you that: “If he makes a promise he keeps it; and if he ever says he is going to do something, he will do it.”

Second, that if he ever witnessed people in leadership starting to jeopardize the way of life for his friends, neighbours, and fellow citizens, he would again take that first step to do something about it.

Dean is more than prepared to step into the political lion’s den of our city for you! Dean is by no means a wealthy man and definitely needs your volunteerism, support, and funding to be able to get his name out to 1.6 million citizens. Dean is no partisan nor a political party puppet; what he is about to do is for the good of his friends, neighbours, and for all people who call Calgary home.

Education & Work Experience

Maintenance Technician (2010 - present)

Captain, Heavy Artillery (1980 - 2010)

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