SEBASTIEN AUGER – Ward 19 Beaches-East York candidate for Councillor
I’m excited about the possibility of serving the ward in an official capacity. I’ve been on the frontline as a successful local business owner for over 20 years.
In 2019 I started what became one of the most popular watersport rental companies in Toronto; prior to that I was a head-hunter for years; have been running a photography business since 2004; and, ran a vacation rental business of several units for three years.
My interest in becoming a politician was born out of my own frustrations in dealing with the City. I was struck by the amount of red tape involved and the lack of willingness to collaborate. Toronto needs to be a partner with citizens and small businesses – not a barrier to entry. If nobody is willing to fight for this concept, then I’m willing to put myself out there to make a difference.
I will use my lack of experience of politics and business savvy to work for you. Do not look at my lack of political aspirations as a drawback, but a benefit because I am here to fix the issues caused by bureaucracy – not join it. As the owner of service oriented businesses, I understand more than anyone the importance of customer service. I truly believe it’s one of the most important parts of being a Councillor – something current parties forget. The fact that I don’t need to make friends with the mayor means that I can go to bat for the people without any fear of upsetting my chances of advancement in politics. I can deal with ward problems, not world problems.
As a business, any problem has a solution. I WILL get things done. I WILL get rid of red tape.
My platform isn’t a list of issues, it’s a promise. It’s a promise to be available to you, and to take actions. It’s a promise to deal with local issues first. I will be talking about specifics in a series of short videos on social media and I invite you to participate.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Beach Metro Community News asked the candidates to send us in their profiles and why they are running for office. We present the above to our readers in the hopes you can learn more about the candidates running in the Oct. 24 municipal election and that this information will help inform your vote.