Iqaluit mayoralty candidate Hayward wants to bring infrastructure to Iqaluit
"My track record definitely speaks for itself”
Allen Hayward, who wants to be elected mayor of Iqaluit on Oct. 15, likes to throw his sense of humour into his campaign.
It’s evident in his Facebook group “Allen Hayward for Iqaluit Mayor” where he outlines a David Letterman-like top 10 reasons to elect him, where he says “I wasn’t the second shooter on the grassy knoll” and “every city needs a mayor who drives a pink pick-up truck!”
“Municipal politics can be a real thankless job. Everybody has an opinion — you’re never going to make everyone happy all the time. You always have to think big picture, what’s best for this community and everyone who lives in it,” Hayward told Nunatsiaq News.
“So you need a sense of humour for the long run. The criticism and the hard work that you put in, no ones going to be happy so you can’t take it too seriously,” he said.
What Hayward is serious about is infrastructure. He thinks the city can do more to foster economic growth by encouraging new businesses and mining companies in Iqaluit.
“We really need to ramp that up and have a full department engaged with businesses on how to make their life easier from a regulatory point of view, and how to make them succeed and stay there and invest in the political community,” Hayward said.
And development of major projects in Iqaluit is a need, not a want, Hayward said.
“This is the capital city. [People] should have the Cadillac of cemeteries. They should have the Cadillac of waste disposals. They should have the Cadillac of aquatic centres. They should have a top-notch city hall,” Hayward said, adding a top-of-the-line water reservoir and emergency service centre is also a must.
“We deserve nothing less than any other capital city in Canada,” he said.
Hayward has lived in Iqaluit for just over a decade, and he’s been active in the community for most of that time.
He’s served as city councillor and deputy mayor and ran unsuccessfully for mayor in the 2009 election, losing to Madeleine Redfern. He serves as vice-chair of the Iqaluit housing authority, is also a founding member of Habitat for Humanity in Iqaluit, and has volunteered for the Rotary Club, food bank, and the Iqaluit homeowners association.
“My track record definitely speaks for itself, too. My term on council was very successful — we secured the gas tax to make sure that the roads were paved. That was a battle with CGS, which needed good relationship building with the government of Nunavut to make that happen,” Hayward said.
He says strengthening ties with the territory is vital in moving forward as a city, and he say’s he’s the best man for the job — he’s currently the manager of corporate policy for the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Finance, on top of running a small legal business with his wife, GFY paralegal services.
“Dealing with the federal government and the Government of Nunavut, that’s where we get our pots of money. Those relationships have to be improved,” he said.
“The last council maybe had some other ideas and objectives and initiatives on how to make that happen. I see a big improvement in that coming.”
But Hayward also wants to connect to the community on a personal level too. That’s why he is proposing a sit-down time with the mayor every week at a local business, like the one he’s hosting Sept. 20 at the Grind and Brew from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“When I’m elected mayor, that will be a regular thing,” he said. “Weekly town hall, you don’t need an appointment, just come down and have a coffee to talk to their mayor.”
Another project he is passionate about is the aquatic centre — Hayward’s hell-bent on seeing the project go ahead if he’s mayor.
“The day that I take the oath of office is the day we break ground on the new aquatic centre,” he said. “If the ratepayers say no, we’re still breaking ground, we’re still moving forward on this,” he said.
Under a bylaw amendment passed earlier this year, the total pay package for the mayor of Iqaluit will rise from $70,000 to $109,010.22 after the Oct. 15 election.