Mike Hicks and Wendal Milne visited Saseenos and talked politics to the class.

Local politicians visit Saseenos classroom

Newly and relected locals Wendal Milne and Mike Hicks talk politics to kids

When the newly elected mayor and regional director visited Saseenos Elementary School to talk to a Grade 4 class about what they do, the questions from the students were pretty insightful.

Wendal Milne, the new mayor for the District of Sooke; and Mike Hicks, re-elected as regional director for the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, spoke to Elaine Haddad’s class on Nov. 23.

The first question was an obvious one: What do you do?

Hicks: “Go to meetings. You mom and dad go to work and they can’t take care of everything. They pay taxes and we make sure everything is done around their property.”

Milne: “My job is something like your principal’s.”

They were asked if their jobs were a big responsibility and whether they were happy they won.

When they were asked if they liked meetings, Hicks responded with a chuckle by saying, “this is one of the more interesting meetings we’ve had.”

Other students asked: how much taxes they get? Why are signs up? Do you have a dog or pet? Do you pay people for cement?

When Milne was asked what was the top thing you would do for Sooke, he said, affordability, nice sidewalk and downtown, a place for young people and grandparents to go to. Hicks said, “make people happy.”

The students were interested and involved with the two politicians and they may even have asked some questions even adults wouldn’t have dared ask.

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