Council candidate Q&A: Andre Proulx

How long have you been living in Thompson?

I’ve been here for just over 10 years now. Moved here in 2008.

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What do you do for a living?

I’m a mechanic by trade and then I opened this business AMP Industries up going on four years now. I think my business skills would definitely be a positive to the city council just for, not only the money management but the plans for how to generate more revenue and out-of-the-box thinking.

Why do you want to be on city council?

I want to make some change and it’s hard to do it from the sidelines. I’ve always been interested in business and politics so it’s a good little entry for me.

What is the biggest local issue you’d like to address?

Communication needs to be improved. That means bringing in more people like our surrounding communities, the First Nations … obviously the business sector more and the public because we need input from the public. Nine people in my eyes can not change a city. We could help guide a city, we can make it easier but we need the people that live here to pitch in. What I want might not be what everyone else wants so I think it would be good to get more input. From there it stems to our downtown problem where we need to work with local First Nations and the federal and provincial governments to come up with a plan. The City of Thompson can not just fix downtown. It’s a Northern Manitoba problem not a Thompson problem.

Why should someone vote for you over the other candidates?

I’ve got a good relationship with a lot of the people in town and the surrounding communities so I think it’d be a bridge to get everybody to the table. Again, not saying I can fix everything but I think I could get everybody involved to fix everything.

Anything else you want to add?

I’m going to put the pressure on the citizens to actually do a bit more which usually isn’t the way it’s supposed to be but I think it needs to go that way because we need everybody’s help. It’s easier if 13,000 people do it instead of eight. I want people to really do their homework before they vote and vote for only who they want instead of just picking people they know.

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