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- Reasonable, predictable, sustainable, well-planned growth based on community priorities & vision
- Fiscal prudence & efficiency with tax dollars
Effective democracy is not based on a populist approach to vocal minorities, but rather a fair, balanced, and principled approach to issues that respects accepted plans, while following an incremental, predictable implementation methodology. Saanich is a large municipality with diverse communities and neighbourhoods. A “one size fits all” approach to issues is causing reasons for dissatisfaction with a lot of residents. I seek to embrace active listening and thoughtful consideration to complex issues, including the underlying secondary and tertiary aspects. Priorities need to shift towards safety (intersections and x-walks) and routine maintenance (e.g. trimming bushes along sidewalks).
• Former “Top Gun” CF-18 Fighter Pilot with 30 years military service
• PhD in Public Policy and fluently bilingual in French & English
Brigadier-General (Retired) Gregory Matte is a former CF-18 fighter pilot and a Fighter Weapons Instructor “Top Gun” graduate with extensive operational mission experience. He has been assigned multiple command positions during his career, including as the Task Force Commander for all Canadian flying operations in the Balkans, as well as the Commander of 4 Wing Cold Lake in Alberta. One of his final assignments in the military was Chief of Staff for the co-ordination of the air, land and sea security for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
He was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal upon graduation from Royal Roads Military College with a degree in Physics and Computer Science, and later completed a Master’s Degree in Defence Management and Administration from the Royal Military College of Canada. A running enthusiast, he won the Canadian Forces national championship in the marathon in 2003, and subsequently competed for Canada in the World Military Games in Palermo, Sicily that same year. Active in martial arts, he has a 2nd degree Black Belt in Taekwon Do.
Greg retired from the Canadian Forces in September 2010 after 30 years of service, and following an assignment as a Director-General in the federal public service and work in the private sector, was the initial National Executive Director of Helmets to Hardhats Canada, a program that he led for nearly 7 years. After relocating to Victoria, BC he returned to his love of flying as the General Manager of the Victoria Flying Club, earing his Commercial Pilot License and civilian Flight Instructor rating along the way. More recently, he has undertaken to become elected as a Councilor in Saanich, BC.
Greg completed his PhD in 2020 following a decade of part-time studies at Carleton.
Reason for running
Our country is founded on being a democracy, and many military veterans sacrificed themselves to protect it. As such, having served nearly 30 years in the military, including on operational missions abroad, this is important to me personally. Hopefully, my small role will inspire others to seek to serve as elected officials in the future.