After nearly two years outside the public eye, Shane Gottfriedson is not ruling out a return to politics.
But the former chief of the Tk’emlups Indian Band and the B.C. chief of the Assembly of First Nations told KTW he is enjoying his time as a civilian.
“It’s going good,” Gottfriedson said.
“I’m an owner in a Tim Hortons franchise, I also own some land that I’m developing and I’m doing a little bit of work as a contractor.”
Gottfriedson stepped away from public life in early 2017 after a controversy interrupted his climb up the political ranks.
In December 2016, Gottfriedson posted a photo of his legs, with an emoji showing googly eyes and red lips near his thighs.
That led to an apology and a decision to step away from his role heading up the assembly’s portfolio on missing and murdered women. Gottfriedson then left the organization altogether.
With that in his rear-view mirror, Gottfriedson said he is now enjoying spending time with his family — including a brand new golden-doodle, Kershaw, named for the three-time Cy Young Award-winning lefty ace of his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers.
“I can tell you I did about 15 years of public service,” Gottfriedson said.
“My life now is more focused on my family and I quite enjoy life after politics. I’m my own boss now. I’m grateful for my time in office, but as time goes on, I’m also grateful for my work as an entrepreneur.”
Gottfriedson said it was difficult initially to shake the political bug.
“I can honestly say for the first year I missed it,” he said.
“Now, I’m just settled into working for myself and doing my own thing.
“Will I ever get back into politics? I don’t know. If I do, it would probably be provincial or federal politics.”