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"Don't curse the darkness, light a candle".

Q Are you the same person you were 10 years ago?

"Fundamentally my values and principles haven't changed at all. I was born and raised in Timmins by great parents who really instilled in me the value of citizenship, enjoying life and being honest with yourself and people you share your day-to-day (life) with and none of that has changed.


"If anything has changed, obviously I'm older (laughs) you can't stop that, but I would say I'm probably braver than 10 years ago ... When it comes to being braver, it's in the context that sticking with my principles, may make me unpopular."

Q "I would give up a month's pay for one chance to ..."

"... see unrestricted, unencumbered, free trade for softwood lumber in the U.S."

Q What invaluable lessons or insights did you gain from being mayor of Timmins?

"That it's important to know who you are and to follow what your heart is telling you is the right thing to do. And make sure you do it in a way your head says it'll work.

"When you're in the political field, you learn really quickly you can't please everybody and I never shy away from making a decision, but I learned quickly when you make a decision, you'd better be happy with it and you'd better clearly know why you made it. At the end of the day, you've got to live with yourself and that was one invaluable lesson.

Q If you had five minutes with George W. Bush, what would you tell him?

"You can't imagine how that five minutes would be filled. It would not be quiet, but the conversation would remain between him and I. As a former mayor I've learned you keep those conversations between you and the person you're having them with."

Q What's the best advice you've ever received?

"Something my grandmother always told me, I just love it, 'don't curse the darkness, light a candle.'"


President of the Ontario Forest Industries Association, age 45
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Title Annotation:The Collected Wisdom of ...
Author:Lim, Jamie
Publication:Northern Ontario Business
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Date:May 1, 2004
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