It’s Time
For Change

2022 Charlottetown Municipal Election

Daniel Mullen: A Long Term Plan For Our Future

For a number of years I have been watching just how things ‘work’ in Charlottetown, yet the truth is that many things do not: our current mayor and city council are dysfunctional, simply reacting to events and to certain complaints, and there appears to be an absolute unwillingness to change.

Charlottetown is an ever expanding city, yet year after year, the current mayor and council have failed to keep pace with the challenges facing our city.

Whether it is ignoring the lack of affordable housing, failing to invest in infrastructure, or not properly planning for emergencies, it is abundantly clear that it is time for change.

We need to revamp how the city operates, create a more coordinated operational framework, and ensure that the policy objectives of the mayor and council are translated into action.

Of course, that means that a new mayor and council should actually have some policy objectives.

It's Time For Change

My Policy Objectives

Before I get to some of the things I would see as some of these policy goals, or 'objectives', it is important to make it clear that our city government should tightly collaborate with subject experts: those leaders who are qualified in certain fields of expertise, who can contribute to a more liveable, sustainable, and better-run community.

The City of Charlottetown should provide excellent by-laws and regulations in all areas of policy. Instead of short-term goals, we need to create a sustainable and long-term outlook that addresses the needs of everyone in our city.

First, I propose the new mayor and council will hold regular meetings more frequently - that means more often than just once a month - to ensure important issues are handled in a timely way.

Secondly, the city needs to have a lawyer on staff. If we are going to start following the law, we best have someone on staff who can explain it to everyone within the city.

Third, Fiona has shown every resident of Charlottetown how government treats its citizens, especially seniors and people who do not have housing, and how lack of planning can lead to (mis)managing natural disasters. Thousands of residents did not have any power for over a week. Hundreds of families needed to wait more than two weeks, and many people throughout the city are dealing with problems that will take months to rectify.

Our overhead power lines are not nearly resillient enough to withstand future storms, especially in a city which has more than 12,000 trees in public spaces. Fiona will not be the last storm affecting Charlottetown, so we need to partner with Maritime Electric to develop resiliency in their electrical network within the city. When our electrical network is improved, it will also improve matters for people who live outside of Charlottetown, because it will mean that we tie up fewer repair crews during storms so as to reach rural residents sooner.

It's Time for Change: My Goals

About the Candidate: Daniel Mullen

Business owner and engaged citizen

Born right here in Charlottetown, I have seen this city expand and morph into a very different place, and there are many more changes to come. Our once-vibrant downtown core once offered a wide range of shops and services, but now has become a shadow of its former self during the tourist off-season. Many of our suburbs lack basic elements such as sidewalks and neighbourhood play areas for young families. New developments have been built without considering access to mass transit or safe places for cyclists and pedestrians.

I have worked for companies such as IBM and AOL in Europe and in the U.S., and seen first-hand how liveable cities attract and retain the best and brightest talent for their communities. While in Europe I earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Liverpool and later founded my own company, which specialized in the areas of telecommunications services, infrastructure design, application of technologies, and regulation.

Back in Prince Edward Island, my company is building an entirely underground fibre optic communications network, including a substantial communications system for the Charlottetown Water and Sewer Commission, and a number of rural projects, which include two projects that were awarded to my company by the Government of Canada.

In other words, I have a great deal of experience in dealing with various community and government players, whether it is in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, or here at home. It is time for our city to reflect the priorities of its citizens and for its mayor and council to lean into the work of building a better Charlottetown.

Lastly, I am not a landlord, and do not even own a home. I understand the challenge of housing and will work to ensure that housing will be central to our plan for a better Charlottetown.

Daniel Mullen, 2022