Peter Long

Past President

How long have you been a Muskokan – I have been vacationing in Muskoka since birth (over 60 years), and recently re-built our cottage on Bass Lake to accommodate a growing number of grandchildren, and to allow us to come year round.

When did you join the Board of the Ratepayers  – I joined the board of the Ratepayers in 2006 at the urging of Doug Bryden,

What interested you in serving on the Ratepayers Board –  I felt it was important to work for good governance in the Township.

What do you believe is the most important issue we face here in Muskoka – The Township of Muskoka Lakes is a very unique place from many aspects. It is not Toronto, and we must always respect that difference. Environment is key, yet we must facilitate new development to increase our assessment base. It is too easy to forget about Muskoka when the majority of our ratepayers “go home” in the fall. Muskoka Lakes has real problems year round. Our township and district councils can make a difference, and blocking responsible development is not one of them.

What is your background – In my other life, I am a Professional Engineer, working most often with large-scale industrial automation. I chaired the board of Ewart Angus Homes Inc. – a non-profit organization that operates 2 homes for those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, and I am active in our local church.