Tolmie says he won't let Moose Jaw take a back seat

Cole Carruthers
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Fraser Tolmie stands at the future site of the new regional hospital, where he vowed to lead
Moose Jaw into the future.

Mayoral candidate Fraser Tolmie used the future site of the new regional hospital on Thursday to drive home his message: he is looking towards the future needs of Moose Jaw and promises to make those needs the first priority if he is elected.

“I am (going to be) a first-time father and my first child will be born in the old Union Hospital, but if God willing my family is blessed with a second child it will be born in the new hospital,” Tolmie said. “Deb Higgins promised a hospital and wasn’t able to deliver.”

Tolmie said Moose Jaw needs someone who will stick up for the city, and that his work on city council has proven he’s up for the challenge.

"I helped in reducing the Hillcrest curling budget by twenty per cent,” he said in his presentation, also discussing his overall contributions to the community.

Tolmie went on to say that “a person should be judged on what they promise and what they deliver. . . I’ve been challenged on my experience, and if you challenge someone on their record, you need to be accountable on your own.”

He said believes he is the better candidate to work with MLAs towards future projects.

"We’re tired of taking a back seat, we want to look to the future,” said Tolmie.

Along with saying that challenger Deb Higgins failed in helping to deliver a new hospital, Tolmie brought up $4.7 million in educational cuts made while she was a cabinet minister. He said she also failed to draw attention to the looming cuts at Valley View Centre.

“I’m eight months prepared,” Tolmie said regarding the time span between now and when the official statement was made on the facility's closure. “43 per cent of local provincial jobs have been lost, and if you can’t take care of your own, how are you going to help with the growth of the city?”

Organizations: Valley View Centre

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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  • Jason
    October 21, 2012 - 12:40

    The only thing worse than negative campaigning is negative campaigning that doesn't even make sense. His whole platform is a string on non sequiturs ....

  • jordan
    October 19, 2012 - 17:31

    This is why Moose Jaw will never change...the people are afraid. Tolmie challenges Higgns on her track record. Higgins can't come up with a single item that they completed. He makes a valid point. Look at our last lame duck mayor.

  • W For
    October 19, 2012 - 15:15

    Your statements of late Fraser, have also confirmed my decision not to vote for you! Had you wanted to run for a seat provincially or federally, you should have submitted your intentions 'before' the last two elections! I am sure you will learn that smear campaigns never end positively!

  • PD
    October 19, 2012 - 11:33

    What is the gov't doing to Moose Jaw? VVC closing; New hospital with fewer beds; Taking money from Angus Campbell to open new detox; What is really going on here?

  • Stu Pud
    October 19, 2012 - 10:33

    On February 24, 2012 the SaskParty made the announcement at a press conference to close Valley View Centre. Deb Higgins was a citizen of Moose Jaw at that time and she was at the announcement out of concern. Fraser Tolmie was a City of Moose Jaw Councilor at that time...and he was NOT there! Tolmie has not had a word to say about the VVC closure until he decided to try and get a few votes for his embarrassing Mayoral campaign. The more he talks, the more foolish he looks! Deb Higgins is a class act regardless of party status, regardless of her former political duties and she will be a great Mayor for the ENTIRE city of Moose Jaw. Tolmie can talk all he wants to our MLA's here in Moose Jaw, but they were silent at the press conference (VVC Closure Announcement) and continue to be silent, as they are on most issues. Both Michelson and Lawrence couldn't get out of there fast enough to avoid the questions from the press. Start looking for work Mr. Tolmie, VVC is still hiring casuals, your family that works there could probably pull a few strings for you!

  • Jackie
    October 19, 2012 - 10:08

    I have never seen anyone so pompous and arrogant. Maybe you should remember that you are running for mayor not president of the US.. Throw enough dirt, as you are doing, and you will find that there is no ground left. We don't need someone like you as Mayor.

  • Brent
    October 19, 2012 - 01:02

    Only desperate candidates resort to smear campaigns like this definitely lost my vote if this is how he conducts himself.

  • Robert Loblaw
    October 18, 2012 - 23:55

    Did frazier just get to Moose Jaw? Did he run for the provicial legislature? Apparently he was busy sky diving or scuba diving while Ms. Higgins was in the Ledge.Now don't get me wrong if his pamphlet is accruate......then those are important qualities we seek in a mayor...you know..jumping in with both feet and being all wet, but you must agree that not doing anything about the situation but complaining afterwards is not a endearing quality. And as far as the zero admittance policy that was adopted years ago at VVC , it was a declaration that the people that might be subject to incarceration....locked up and away from society would stop .VVC is a infrostucture nightmare...a intregration into society...a true intregration into our community is what is right for the people of VVC, not the job security of Fraziers father -in-law.

  • B
    October 18, 2012 - 23:37

    Hey Fraz, pretty hard to admit you might have some real competition for the mayor's job, so sling a bit of mud and hope for the best. Time to separate provincial politics from civic politics. They are two different animals and it's totally unfair to compare Deb's past political life to speculation as to how she might run things at city hall. I personally am not a big fan of hers but if I have to choose a mayor that will lead and represent our city with the utmost professionalism and honesty I will have no problem voting for Deb Higgins. Yes we do need change at city hall and part of that change is voting you out.

  • Tête Carré
    October 18, 2012 - 22:23

    Bragging about his heterosexuality then mentioning "God"; sounds like Moose Jaw's man.

  • Brenda Guild
    October 18, 2012 - 21:51

    Fraser what have you done for us??? Let me sum it up in one word - nothing. You are no Pat and are embarrasing the citizens of Moose Jaw trying to run for Mayor.