Council candidate Q&A: Godfrey Buhagiar

How long have you been living in Thompson?

I was here over 30 years ago and I worked for the RCMP as a guard in Thompson. I had to go back to Winnipeg but my daughter stayed here. I’ve got two grandchildren so I came back a little over four years ago.

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What did you do for a living?

I worked as a prison guard in British Columbia and transferred to Stony Mountain penitentiary. I worked as an auctioneer. The most time that I had fun with, I sold cars. I just loved it. I even had my own company selling cars.

Why do you want to be on city council?

Right now you’ve got a bunch of people they’re doing things that serve them, not the whole town. I don’t need the money. I’m not doing it for money. I’d like to go and leave some sort of legacy to my grandchildren – “My grandpa did this.”

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

The cleaning up of the town and help the people on low income. Then we can start helping the small businesses. The city should make it easier for a small business to start … not penalize them to death off the bat. We’ve got to take a look at taxes. Not only do they have to stop they’ve got to go down. We’ve got to take a look at our spending. How many trips does a councillor need to go on to Winnipeg? It costs lots of money.

Why should someone vote for you over the other candidates?

I hope the people will remember that I wrote in the paper on their behalf and I spoke in council from the gallery on their behalf. If they’re going to overlook and they’re going to vote for their family or friends, I can not help that but I tell you, you do that, forever hold your peace because you get what you pay for.

Anything else you want to add?

I’ve been married to the same woman for 52 years coming October so I’m successful l there. I’m successful in everything I tried to do. I’m no stranger to politics. I know it’s a dirty game sometimes but hey, somebody’s got to take the bull by the horns, so to speak, and here I am.

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