Council candidate Q&A: Chiew Chong

How long have you been living in Thompson?

I’ve been in Thompson for 43 years. I’ve been running the restaurant for over 24 years. I’ve gone through the ups and downs. I’ve gone through the prime and gone through the downturns. I remember years ago people getting $10,000 from the nickel bonus every three months.

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What do you for a living?

I’m a heavy-duty industrial mechanic. Also I’m running a Chinese food take-out business. I’m a busy person.

Why do you want to be on city council?

I’ve been attending the council meetings for the past four years. I ask questions. Some of the questions I ask I didn’t get an answer but because I’m on the other side of the fence I won’t be able to get to the details they have in the … city administration. Some of the resolutions I might notice I don’t agree because they didn’t do a further study. Council should have discussed, found out the invoice, why it costs so much, why they have to pay, why this happened and all these things. By attending the council meeting I know lots of things down there are not really transparent. When you are there you know the whole story. When you’re not there reading in the newspaper or listening to the radio, the story might change, right, because the detail is not there.

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

To understand the finance – how money’s coming in, how the money’s spent. From there I will look at the public safety. We have a lot of influx of people coming here, they’re roaming around, there’s vandalism going on. Young people don’t have a lot of things to engage with after school. It keeps them occupied, they don’t have a chance to go out and roam around and destroy so many things through vandalism. Those are big issues. The other issue we have is our streets. I’m sad to drive around in Thompson here destroying my car, driving through a pothole not knowing because it’s covered in water.

Anything else you want to add?

I believe in working hard to achieve the things we want in our own life and if I’m elected you can be assured that I will take my beliefs and my credentials with me so I can serve this community to the best of my ability.

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