Eugene Haslam may have found success in the entertainment industry, but just what qualifies the owner of Zaphod Beeblebrox to sit on city council?
The owner of the famous Byward Market club entered the race on September 10th, running against six others to represent Ward 17 -Capital on council. With incumbent councilor Clive Doucet running for mayor, the seat is essentially ripe for the taking by any of the candidates.
Moving to Canada from Calcutta, India when he was 16, Haslam studied psychology at York University and business at the University of Waterloo. He worked as a banker until opening Zaphod’s in 1985. Now a voted board member of the Byward Market Business Improvement Area, Haslam is prepared to use his over 20 years of business experience and 14 years of residency in the ward as the cornerstone of his campaign.
According to an interview with The Ottawa Citizen, Haslam has been considering running for city council for a few years and finally decided that it was up to him to secure a stable future for his daughter. In the same interview Haslam said: “I live here, my daughter’s going to be here for a long time,” he said. “Sometimes you just have to stick your neck out and do what you think has to be done.”
Haslam credits the success of Zaphod’s to his resilience and “chutzpah” and, if his growing number of supporters are any indication, political success may have the same recipe as success in business.