Henry Braun

Abbotsford's Voice for Mayor

Abbotsford is one of the best cities in the world, and I want to keep it that way.

As an Abbotsford resident of 60 years, a city councillor, and former CEO of Canada’s largest privately held transit construction company, I not only understand the issues that face our city but I deeply care about the long-term health of our community.

Today the city is facing many challenges: homelessness, property tax levels, and escalating commercial vacancies, to name a few. I am running for mayor to ensure Abbotsford continues to thrive for generations to come, and I’d love to hear your ideas for making Abbotsford an even better place to live and work. Thank you for voting for me on November 15th.

I am committed to

  • Forward thinking
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Government transparency and accountability
  • Community safety

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  • September 18, 2014

    Fiscal Accountability

    Many governments are operating beyond their resources and some, such as Detroit and Montreal, are now experiencing the calamitous situation that occurs when debt is too great.

    Government is obliged to set an example. Government has a moral obligation to operate within its financial resources and set an example of fiscal prudence for its citizens. Borrowing from the financial health of its children, as is now occurring, is an immoral act. The average taxpayer is feeling tapped-out. In addition to government debt, Canadian citizens are accumulating personal debt. Nationally, according to BMO (national debt report),  average household debt rose from $72,045 last year to $76,140 in 2014, and increasing this debt-load will impact negatively on government’s capacity to raise taxes for paying down government debt. The average… Continue Reading


  • September 12, 2014

    City Council Accountability: Here’s One Idea

    There was a time in our history when governments lived within their means. A Canadian study (IBM Corporation using Globescan data), shows that peoples’ trust in government was relatively high in 1968 at approximately 60% or “C+.” There were no annual deficits and no accumulated debt.

    The world has changed The world has changed. Annual government operating deficits are routine and virtually all levels of government are in debt. Coincidentally, public trust in government across Canada has plummeted to less than 30% (IBM 2009 presentation). In other words, trust is now at an “F.” Milton Friedman, one of America’s most respected economist, statistician and the recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, wisely observed that we spend our own money on ourselves very carefully. We spend other people’s money less carefully. Deficits and debt happen because politicians lack courage to say “no” and live… Continue Reading


  • September 04, 2014

    Campaign Transparency: Should Voters Know Who Funds Whom During An Election?

    Do voters have a right to know?
    Candidates running for public office should have the right to solicit a reasonable amount of funding support from anyone wishing to contribute. At issue is the degree to which these financial gifts should be transparent and whether voters have the right to know who the significant donors are.

    Campaign donations serve to drive-up the costs of running for election and a few substantial donations can provide a significant advantage to recipient candidates. Do election contributions mean favour? However, it is not unusual for donors to expect that their contributions will have some influence on the recipients’ decisions while fulfilling their political role. The public, then, should have access to information regarding who has provided funding and who may expect some favour. It is not uncommon for governments to limit the amount one citizen can contribute. This stipulation is not currently applicable to this year’s civic elections. How open… Continue Reading


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    About Henry

    Leading in Business

    A long-time Abbotsford businessman, Henry is looking forward to putting his years of business, legal, financial and negotiating experience to use for the city and people of Abbotsford. Henry was president and co-owner of Abbotsford-based Pacific Northern Rail Contractors Corp. for many years.  He has also been a member of the Board of Directors for Canada Place. Currently, he owns Murphy Ridge Farms and Upper Hat Creek Ranch.

    Serving our Community

    Henry understands that great communities don’t happen without great volunteers, and he’s leading by example — he’s served on the Abbotsford Police Board, the Economic Development Commission of the City of Abbotsford, the Abbotsford Airport Authority Board of Directors, and the Organized Crime Agency of B.C. Board of Directors. Henry’s community and philanthropic involvement doesn’t stop there. He is also actively involved in higher education and in helping Abbotsford’s homeless community.  In 2008, he received the Order of Abbotsford for his tireless dedication to making Abbotsford a better place in which to live.

    Putting Family First

    Henry and his wife Velma have been married for 43 years. He says his three children and seven amazing grandchildren are his inspiration for making sure Abbotsford remains a wonderful place to grow up and grow old, well into the future!

    A Vision for Abbotsford

    Abbotsford is a great city, uniquely positioned for growth and long-term success. Of course, our most important resource is our people — a people who are generous, entrepreneurial the reason for this city’s success. We are also blessed with a border crossing, a rail line to the US, an international airport, a world-class hospital and cancer centre and a new university. Abbotsford has all the ingredients necessary for a vibrant city that will attract and retain families for generations. In order to make this happen, we need to start planning for the future now.  Long-term planning means thinking ahead to what we want Abbotsford to look like 50 or even 100 years from now, and letting this vision for the future help direct the decisions we make today.

    Henry Braun understands that these concerns are important to the residents of Abbotsford, and he will work hard to find sensible and sustainable solutions to these and all other municipal issues.

    Contact

    I would like to hear your thoughts on how we can make Abbotsford a better place to live.

    Contact me at: hello@henrybraun.ca or call 778-880-1144

    Campaign office: 32995 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC

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