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CONTRIBUTION · 23rd October 2014
Phil Germuth
01: Who are you? Tell the public a little about yourself?

My name is Philip Germuth, please call me Phil.I was born in 1967 at Kitimat General Hospital. Attended Cormorant School from kindergarten to grade 7 and Mount Elizabeth Secondary School from grades 8 to 12.

I have been a car nut for as long as I can remember. I worked at the family business, Ralph’s Service, where I completed my apprenticeship for Automotive Technician. In 1992 I started my own business, Phils Mobile Service.

I am the proud father of three sons, Trevor, Aaron and Kyle. I enjoy golfing and downhill skiing and when time permits I enjoy vacation destinations that include hot sun,sandy beaches and great snorkeling.

02: What do you bring to the Council table?

I have always wanted to make Kitimat an even better place to live so, in 2011, I ran for and was elected councillor. Being on council has been one of my most enjoyable and rewarding experiences as I had the privilege of being your voice on council and I looked to find solutions to issues.

I bring to council the very valuable experience that I gained during the past 3 years. I cherish the confidence my constituents place in me and I will continue to prove to them that I am deserving of their trust.

03: What is your experience with local politics?

I have learned how important it is to first listen to the concerns of our citizens and then do my job in council. I have brought to Council numerous motions which were successfully passed.

Over the past three years I have also built many solid working relationships with industry representatives,First Nations, provincial government and other elected officials throughout British Columbia.

Being my own boss and being fortunate enough to have my son Trevor manage the business for me when needed, I have been able to attend many out of town meetings and conferences. For example this year I was able to attend the LNG Conference in Vancouver, the NCLGA Conference in Fort St John and the UBCM Conference in Whistler. All of these conferences required taking time off from work.

I know I can balance and prioritize my time for my business and the job of Mayor and do well at both. I am organized!

04: What personal attribute best qualifies you for office and how will you apply it to your role in office?

Integrity, Experience, Hard Work and Independent Thinking. I am very accessible, straightforward and I tell it like it is. I listen to the concerns of fellow citizens before acting and I am always prepared for meetings of council and others.

All these personal attributes, plus being a small business owner for over 20 years , makes me the right Leader.

05: How would you improve relationships with Kitimat’s neighbors?

Difficult sometimes, but I am always prepared to talk, and I would be looking for win-win solutions, win for neighbor, win for Kitimat. I know how important it is to foster mutual and solid relationships with Kitimat’s neighbors and that good neighbors are beneficial. I will always work hard to improve Kitimat’s relationships with all our neighbors, throughout our entire region.

06: If you could bring one commercial business to Kitimat, which business would you bring and why?

A Methanol/ Ammonia plant. This supports value adding, would complement the proposed LNG industry, and creates more local permanent JOBS for Kitimat.

07: If you could do any one thing in your role on Council to make Kitimat more prosperous, what would that be?

Supporting the creation of as many full time, sustainable and well paid local JOBS. Permanent jobs that bring families to Kitimat is the best way for our community to continue being vibrant and prosperous.

08: If you could do one thing in your role on Council to make Kitimat a better place, what would that be?

To continue enhancing our economic motto : ‘Kitimat- a marvel of industry and nature’.

If elected, I pledge to devote as much time as I possibly can, towards JOB creation initiatives which if successful, will make Kitimat an even better place to work, live and play, for its Citizens and visitors. I also pledge to work hard and encourage my fellow Citizens in returning Kitimat to being of the cleanest Towns in British Columbia.

09: How would you define your leadership style and how does that style contribute to a more effective Council?

I am a team player. My integrity and experience guide me to listen to all ideas and concerns, tell it like it is and act decisively on issues that are important to all those we serve; Kitimat itself, its residents, its visitors and its corporate citizens.

10: If there was something you could do to make Kitimat more environmentally friendly what would it be and why?

On the smaller scale-enhance recycling programs. On the larger scale- work with industry and government to ensure that our water, air and land are protected in the best way possible while ensuring industry profitability.

11: In 15 words or less: What is the meaning of life

To act and do what is right.