Elections 2012
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Matters of special attention

I support the view of the Christian Democrats, that a good life starts close by. In the council I will cooperate with other parties to promote common goals. Below you will find some specific points of interest, that I will actively take on:
Realising local democracy – Looking for ways to activate people to improve their own area both by organising volunteer work as well as the possibility to stay in contact with the planners and decision makers, who are capable of affecting the larger projects in the way indicated by the locals.
Support of immigrants – Making immigrants at home in this country requires creating possibilities for them to be employed and otherwise involved in the society. Active involvement improves the language skills, networking, and self-deployment of immigrants and makes them feel to be a part of this society. Finnish language teachings has to be arranged more efficiently, so that everyone can participate without delay.
Developing the role of elderly people in the society – Elderly people can be a valuable asset in the society – also after their working life. They can still offer their wisdom and experience in many facets of life. In addition to local activities, they can also be involved at schools to help with activities for which currently no resources are available. Naturally also taking care of the quality of life of elderly people and improving the services are important. To tackle the challenges of an ageing society and to guarantee the wellbeing of elderly people, the development of means for living at home longer will become crucial.
Ensuring the wellbeing of children through hobbies – Hobbies play an important role in the lives of children. Hobbies like different sports and cultural hobbies are not just a nice pastime, but also of vital importance to develop the children’s social skills and feeling of responsibility. Children of disadvantaged families are in danger of being left out because of high fees of clubs. The city should support children’s hobbies in such a way, that everyone can afford to participate.
Development of public transport – For the durable and ecological development of the city it is of prime importance that the public transport operates well and affordably. In addition to the mainly centre-oriented bus traffic, also bus routes connecting the outskirts of the city are needed. Rail transport is to be developed in an economically responsible way. Public transport should also be less expensive, so that it is a real alternative for using the car. For the less well-off like elderly, unemployed, students and children, public transport could even be free. Discussions on the introduction of street cars (trams) in Tampere are a step in the right direction in order to provide more ecological public transport solutions. However, I am convinced that not all alternatives have been properly investigated. The street car solution requires large investments in the infrastructure, it makes the city streets ugly, it is unflexible in the changes of routes, and is not necessarily a faster or more ecological solution compared to e.g. electro- or hybrid busses utilising optimised bus lanes. 
Improving the conditions for new and small companies – In a changing and globalising market the importance of creating new innovative companies is evident. They are likely to develop to be the employers of the future and the economical foundation of the society.
Developing the societal involvement of companies – Companies should become more aware of their position in the society – both as provider – e.g. employer, tax payer, buyer of services – as well as receiver – infrastructure user, buyer of manpower and user of natural resources. It is important to develop models how companies could take better care of their societal responsibilities. Particularly large companies and the public sector could together with the city develop ways to employ people who have for various reasons been without employment.
Many other valuable matters are left unmentioned, like improving the availability of health services, providing sufficient resources to school personnel, supporting the use of durable energy sources, etc. I will look for solutions for those issues with other members of the Christian Democrats (KD) and parties. The above list indicates in which issues I expect to take initiative.