Council candidate Q&A: Duncan Wong

How long have you been living in Thompson?

Since 1988.

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What do you do for a living?

I own a construction company and a restaurant. Wong’s Construction and Wong’s Asian Bistro.

Why do you want to be on city council again?

Thompson is still my home. I think I’ve invested a lot in Thompson. I own a commercial property, I own a business, I own a house and I’ve been on the council for a complete term now and I learned the process, I learned the ins and outs.

My term is critical [right now], but the following term will be more critical because, don’t forget, we are also facing another GIL negotiation, so you want someone to have some experience to continue the journey.

What is the biggest local issue you want to address if you’re elected?

Don’t be naïve. We’re going to face some financial challenges and we need someone that has experience in how to negotiate and you need someone who understands money, because everything from city hall is about money. If you don’t have money concept you just go with the flow, it’s going to be a status quo, it’s going to be same old, same old, same old.

Why should someone vote for you over the other candidates?

One of my biggest assets [is being] in business for more than a decade and running two businesses at the same time and making sure it’s profitable, and putting food on my table. I don’t receive a paycheque, I make paycheques. That is a big difference.

I believe my track record is very important. What I stand for and what my credentials are and I’m not afraid of voicing my opinion and I stand by my opinion and my belief.

Anything else you want to add?

I want to voice this to the public: vote smart. Vote for the credentials, not for the popularity, that’s my slogan.

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