Trepanier vows to be the voice of Red Deerians

Mayoral candidate Dennis Trepanier promises a fresh approach by being the voice of the people. While Trepanier says he is not a career politician after serving a term on Blackfalds town council in 1992, the 54-year-old wants to make a difference as a passionate citizen who cares about his community.

Dennis Trepanier

Dennis Trepanier

Mayoral candidate Dennis Trepanier promises a fresh approach by being the voice of the people.

While Trepanier says he is not a career politician after serving a term on Blackfalds town council in 1992, the 54-year-old wants to make a difference as a passionate citizen who cares about his community.

“I am listening to the people,” said Trepanier. “I will listen to the people. I will not represent anybody other than the people.”

Improving safety in the city, being fiscally responsible and providing quality services are among the promises on his platform.

“We have to think about the growth that is coming and the debt we are incurring,” said Trepanier. “We need to be efficient in all our operations and our capital expenditures. We also need to make sure the people understand why we are doing things.”

Trepanier says he supports growth but he is against raising taxes. He said the city should explore other ways to fund projects.

Trepanier has lived in Red Deer for about 30 years and raised his family in the city. He worked as an information professional at Nova Chemicals and as a scientific research and experimental developer at Deloitte.

In the last five years, he has commuted to Calgary for work as a business analyst and project manager for various contracts.

“If you elect me as mayor, I will be working here for the next four years,” said Trepanier.

“I have worked here for most of my career. It’s only recently in the last five years that I have had to go to Calgary.”

Trepanier said he sees this as a bit of a problem that he has to leave Red Deer to work in high tech because there are few jobs in the industry.

“Pull me back in,” said Trepanier.

“There are other people who want to work in high-tech industry and we need it here. We need to be able to work here rather than Calgary.”

Trepanier said he chose to live here in Red Deer and he will have grandchildren here.

“I want to keep this a beautiful place,” said Trepanier. “I want it to be prosperous.”

Also running for the mayor’s job are Councillors Cindy Jefferies and Tara Veer, and newcomers William Horn and Chad Mason.

Two mayoral forums are slated, one on Oct. 3 at the Red Deer Public Library and one on Oct. 8 at City Centre Stage. Both forums get underway at 7 p.m.

Just Posted

Envisioned exterior of the future Red Deer Aquatic Centre, by GEC Architects. Council determined Monday that it will eventually be built on the Michener North site, off 30th Avenue. (Contributed image).
Red Deer’s aquatic centre will be built on Michener North site

Rotary Recreation Rark has too many space constraints, most councillors decided

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says the National Advisory Committee on Immunization has advised that Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can be used interchangeably for second doses and Alberta is following that approach. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
Red Deer down to 66 active COVID-19 cases

Red Deer has lowest number of active cases since last November

(Advocate file photo).
Red Deer drivers warned about temporary lane closure on 67th Street

Power line will be rebuilt in six-month project

Black Horse Singers performed for students at Ecole la Prairie on Monday. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)
WATCH: Students remind Red Deer that every child matters on National Indigenous Day

Heart-shaped messages to decorate trees at Ecole la Prairie through the summer

Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson, center, tries to get position for a shot against New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin (30) during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 21, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Stamkos, Vasilevskiy pace Lightning’s 8-0 rout of Islanders

Lightning 8 Islanders 0 (Tampa Bay leads series 3-2) TAMPA, Fla. —… Continue reading

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he’s ‘convinced’ the city will be able to get rid of the mandatory mask bylaw in July. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
‘Made in Calgary’ approach will keep mask requirements past Alberta’s total reopening

Calgary won’t be following provincial recommendations on the mandatory wearing of masks… Continue reading

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a debate in the House of Commons, in Ottawa, Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Parliamentarians are entering what could be their final stretch in the House of Commons before it breaks for summer as the Liberal government sharpens its focus around two key pieces of legislation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Liberals, opposition clash with days left to pass legislation before House rises

OTTAWA — Parliamentarians are in their final week before a summer break… Continue reading

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Border measures start easing in July for fully vaccinated Canadians

OTTAWA — Fully vaccinated Canadians returning to Canada will soon be able… Continue reading

The home of Lionel and Shanna Desmond in Upper Big Tracadie, N.S., is shown in this undated police handout aerial photo. An inquiry investigating why a former Canadian soldier killed his family and himself in 2017 heard today from a relative who said Lionel Desmond's mental health appeared stable after he served in Afghanistan in 2007, but there was a dramatic decline over the next 10 years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Lionel Desmond Fatality Inquiry
Lionel Desmond inquiry: soldier’s sister-in-law testifies about his mental decline

PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. — An inquiry investigating why a former Canadian soldier… Continue reading

People look over the damage after a tornado touched down in Mascouche, Que., north of Montreal, Monday, June 21, 2021. Dozens of homes were damaged and one death has been confirmed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
One dead and extensive damage as tornado hits Mascouche, Que., north of Montreal

MONTREAL — One person was killed after a tornado struck Mascouche, Que.,… Continue reading

President of the Public Health Agency of Canada Iain Stewart, right, approaches the bar in the House of Commons to be admonished by the Speaker of the House of Commons Anthony Rota on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, June 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
PHAC president rebuked, still doesn’t produce documents on fired scientists

OTTAWA — The Conservatives are asking that the Public Health Agency of… Continue reading

Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24) gestures to teammates during the first half of Game 5 of their NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Salt Lake City.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Rick Bowmer
After months of speculation, Canada’s men’s basketball roster set ahead of qualifier

With a tantalizingly deep pool of talent, Canada’s men’s basketball roster has… Continue reading

Most Read