HELLO I'm

HARISH RATRA

&
I am running for
the Red Deer City Councillor

About Me

I and my family love Red Deer, living here for more than a decade with my wife and 2 kids. I came to Canada 23 years ago, For the first 7 years I worked as an assembler in a factory and for a year I studied Business Accounting in London, Ontario. For the last 14 years, I have worked as an Accountant/Warehouse Manager in the Oil Field Industry. My role involved budget development, resource optimization, monitoring of fiscal operations, compliance with local and industry-specific policies/ procedures.

I have a university degree in business, and I believe my accounting and business management skills will serve Red Deerians in balancing the budget with providing better services and lower the tax burden. I love sports; I was the best athlete during my University days, and volunteer at kid’s games.

When I am not working, I am involved with kids and their activities. I love to take walks around the city with my wife and interact with fellow community members. I am actively involved in volunteering, by providing professional services at local nonprofit organizations. Being an active community member, I want to create stronger communities and a stronger Red Deer by being the voice of our people.

Platform

Economic Growth & Employment

Crime Reduction

Kids and youth empowerment

Hospital Expansion

Platform

Economic Growth & Employment

There was a time when Red Deer was the hub of the Alberta oil field industry. As the oil field industry has frequent ups and downs, Red Deer needs to diversify towards new industries/ trades like supply chain and technology. Red Deer is centrally located based on the population map of Alberta and can have the advantage of economically controlling the distribution channel in Alberta from Red Deer itself. We need to emphasize this fact and propose some promotional incentives to the companies. This will help generate employment opportunities for the city residents. Also, this initiative will have an impact on other commercial sectors of Red Deer’s small and medium businesses including downtown business activities. I believe a strong economy is a key to a strong and healthy community in and around Red Deer.

Crime Reduction

The current statistics portray a very high crime rate for the City of Red Deer which projects a not-so-encouraging image of the city. Controlling the crime rate is a task, which should be taken up on a priority basis. This image needs to be rectified, as it is impacting Red Deerian’s prospects when contacting for business opportunities or building relationships with other parts of Canada. Given a chance, I will be voicing this concern, by analyzing the data and proposing concrete measures to the concerned departments.

Kids and youth empowerment

With excessive reliance on technology, the kids are spending a lot of on-screen time. I want to advocate this concern by promoting more youth and kids programs focusing on physical and mental wellbeing, like promoting Yoga and meditation. I am also advocating for affordable sports activities for kids and youth, as we don’t want the talent and development of kids affected by financial constraints.

Hospital Expansion

I will voice for long-overdue Hospital expansion. Coordination with the provincial government is required, to emphasize a new regional healthcare facility to serve central Alberta. A regional cardiac catheterization center is one of the pressing requirements at this moment for Central Albertans to avoid unfortunate mortalities.

My VISION FOR RED DEER

My vision: Lets Make Red Deer great again
My Belief
Why I am running for City Council

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