Council candidate Q&A: Martin Grier

How long have you been living in Thompson?

Probably about 25 years. I was a contractor. I rebuilt three turbines in Grand Rapids, lived here, my wife lived here. I got a job in Snow Lake. I was there six months. In 2000 I got on with Inco. I spent 10 years in Churchill. I’m from High River, Alberta.

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What do you for a living?

I graduated in 1994 as a millwright or industrial mechanic. I spent most of my career on oil rigs in Alberta. I drilled holes everywhere in Alberta. I was on my way to Greenland … and got stuck in Churchill and that’s where I stayed. It was great. I wish Ports Canada didn’t leave when OmniTrax took over.

Why do you want to be on city council?

I would like to be a part of trying to make our community a little safer place. I feel that I’m a very open person. My input could really help. I went to a lot of council meetings and I wanted to speak all the time. I feel the public should be involved on the resolutions because it is for the public. I believe we should have good honest people.

What is the biggest local issues you want to address?

Getting kids active where they’re not having trouble and have RCMP do more of a job. Why don’t we have a detention centre or a remand centre or even a prison up here where we can hold people make them do community service to pay off their fine … and teach them not to hang around on the street? Why can’t our fire department have our [police] dispatch there? I’d like to get our streets back. I don’t know what we can do with the teenagers but I think if we enforce our police to … start picking them up, take their picture, ID, put wireless cameras all around downtown. We’re on a budget of $34 million a year. I think we could really bring that down.

Why should someone pick you over one of the other candidates?

I’ve had a very, very good life. I have a lot of knowledge to offer that other people don’t see from me because I’m a very private person. I’ve done a lot of things and I think I could … really help out, build our community too.

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