Danny Breen was born in the City of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He is a Graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Political Science) and is currently Vice President of Jenkins Anthony Inc., a Newfoundland and Labrador based employee benefit consulting company. Danny was first elected to St. John’s City Council in the Fall of 2009 and re-elected by acclamation in 2013. He represents Ward 1, which encompasses the east end of St. John’s. While on Council, Danny has served as Chair of the Public Works Committee, Chair of the Audit and Accountability Committee and Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee. He is also Chair of the St. John’s Sport Event Partnership.
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Survey ResponsesWhat is your full name?
What role are you running for? If it's a ward councillor position, please specify which ward.
If you are currently on council, or have served previously, how many years in total have you served?
Why did you decide to run for office?
What do you think makes St. John's unique or special?
If you were elected, do you plan to hold another paid job while serving on Council? If so, what would it be and how will you divide your time?
What changes or initiatives would you advocate for at Council?
What, to you, is the most important kind of decision City Council makes?
Questions for mayoral candidates...
Without a ward responsibility, at-large councilors have more space to focus on specific issues. Do you have one issue you would like to prioritize?
Have you been out canvassing? If so, what are the priorities you’re hearing most loudly?
What would you like to see included in the new Regional Plan?
What, if anything, would you want done to establish better communications between citizens and developers before development is proposed?
How would you use the Engage! process and system?
In your opinion, what are the three best decisions the outgoing Council has made, and why?
1. Recreation facilities such as Paul Reynolds Centre and Bannerman Park including the Loop
2. Developing a public engagement strategy
3. Program review which resulted in savings of $13.7 million dollars and reduced taxes to residents.
In your opinion, what are the three worst decisions the outgoing Council has made, and why?
Quick response questions! In 100 characters or less, what is your position on...
I am not in favor of adding an additional layer of government.
Amalgamation with surrounding municipalities
Regional cooperation and sharing needs to be maximized first.
Making City Council a full-time job
If it is to be full time then council size must be reduced to be cost neutral
The mail-in ballot system
I am fine with this but we must get to online voting once security issues are addressed
The new Municipal Plan
It is a very robust plan based on significant public engagement
Grants to community and arts organizations
Important aspect of building and enhancing our community
City employee salaries
Change from DB to DC pension plan is significant and revising compensation policies
Creating more bicycle infrastructure
Should be a key part of proposed regional transportation plan
Increasing public transit service
Should be completely reviewed under a regional transportation plan
Corporate and union donations to candidates
Would limit ability for candidates, particularly new candidates to engage with public.
How often do you use the following ways to get to work or errands?
Riding the bus: Never
Driving: Almost everyday
Please rank the level of attention you think council should pay to each of these transportation modes in the coming term (1 = most important, 5 = least).
Other: Question is not realistic. A proper regional transportation plan as proposed in my platform would deal with all modes of transportation and how they work in concert to develop an overall plan.
What could the City government do to make St. John’s a healthier place to live?
What changes need to happen to have more diversity in age, gender, race, and life experience on Council?