Cornwall Ontario City Councilor Denis Thibault takes our Mini Proust Questionnaire – October 19, 2010

Cornwall ON – Councilor Denis Thibault is running for re-election to City Council this year and we’ve sent out our mini Proust Quiz to him and several other candidates.

Here are his answers:

CWFN: What would be the biggest surprise that people don’t really know about your?

DT : I think the biggest surprise that many people don’t know about me is that I manage two not for profit corporations, own a small business called Technology Dimensions and am a silent partner in a travel agency

CWFN: What makes you passionate for being Mayor or Councilor?

DT: This City of Cornwall is in a position to finally lead Ontario as an area of positive growth. Twenty five years ago the unemployment rate was 24% and now it’s down to below 8% and that can be confirmed by Freeholder headlines of which I have a copy.

There is a positive spirit and confidence in Cornwall that has not been apparent before and you can feel it when you walk down the street or talk to people. I definitely want to be part of what happening for our city and elected officials will play an important role in keeping this momentum moving in a positive direction.

CWFN: What’s been the weirdest thing to ever happen to you in your career?

DT: Grand Chief Mike Mitchell of Akwesasne calling me up and asking me to go to Ottawa for a meeting with him. No information as to what and where or who we would be meeting. Get to Ottawa and we are brought in to an office and told that our host would be with us in a minute and then who walks in but National Grand Chief Phil Fontaine. You could have knocked me over with a feather.

CWFN: When you were young did you ever think you’d be Mayor or Councilor of a City?   What advice can you give to young people when it comes to thinking about their future?

DT:When I was young political office never crossed my mind even though I was brought up in a family that has deep political roots in northern Ontario.

Young people need to be involved and I for one encourage youth to get involved. I even voted for Korey Kennedy the first time he ran for Council. Youth IS the future. Time for YOU to take a role in making sure it’s one that you want, not one that has been imposed on you by others.

CWFN:If you could change one thing about Cornwall/Municipality what would it be?

DT: Greater sense of community pride/ more people/better paying jobs

CWFN: What do you want to be remembered most for one day?

DT: I want to be remembered for making a difference.

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