ELECTION 2014: Candidate QandA with Bob Thompson

Candidate QandA with councillor candidate Bob Thompson in Central Saanich

  • Nov. 13, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Bob Thompson

Occupation: Agri-food marketing and promotion consultant. Editor, Farm Fresh guide.

Background: Served on council 1993-96, 2002-08; Advisory Planning Commission, 2008-12. Organizer, Saanich Peninsula Harvest Feast. Director, Saanichton Village Association. Manager, Peninsula Country Market.


1.  Why are you running for Council?

I want Central Saanich to maintain its special place on the Peninsula as the community evolves. I believe my collective Council and community experiences will be an asset in making good decisions for our community.


2.  What are your top three issues to tackle, if elected?

1. Long-term financial stability of Central Saanich.

2. Shop local: Partner with local businesses to support and promote our village centres and Keating industrial area.

3. We are citizens, not just taxpayers. Build public engagement — e.g., upgrade website, get active in social media.


3.  What kind of leadership will you bring to council?

I bring significant council experience and knowledge of our community.

I respect the process of community decision-making and will encourage informed and balanced decisions.


4.  What are your thoughts on industrial, residential and agricultural balance in Central Saanich?

Central Saanich is the “bread basket” of the Capital Regional District and that shouldn’t change.

We need to be more creative in building revenues through new development in our commercial/industrial centres and new housing through infill.


5.  Do you think council should proceed with the proposed Maber Flats project?

Before taking further action, council must respond to the September 4 letter from the Agricultural Advisory Committee outlining cost concerns and offering alternative designs — is there an effective lower cost design? Doing nothing is not an option.

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