Joe Callahan is also a newcomer to the Port City getting his citizenship 6 years ago.
Callahan tells CHSJ News fixing the pension problem will mean more money will be available to fight poverty.
He remembers when former premier Shawn Graham said you can build these trails but can't make people use them and Callahan adds older people don't want to be out there with bears and coyotes.
Callahan just become a Canadian citizen in the last decade and he believes education is the key to eradicating poverty adding schools should implement more of a challenge for graduation.
Our feature on the candidates for mayor in Saint John continues tomorrow with Mel Norton.