Etienne Kiss-Borlase is just like any other citizen: he wants the best for his village, town, city, country, and most importantly, his family.
Having an opinion is easy, but taking action is for the bold, which is why most folks choose to take a back seat when it comes to politics. For Etienne, it’s important to do more than follow the issues and critique what’s going on.
In a direct democracy like Switzerland, citizens are more easily able to find ways to transform their opinions into action and that action into real change. This is how and why Etienne became active in politics.
Etienne believes in disinterested politics, not in the sense political action shouldn’t be motivated by idealistic goals, but that political action should not be motivated by personal interests. He prides himself on his ethical integrity.
I strongly believe in nuances and equilibrium. I dislike easy, extreme solutions and conflicts and people who blame others for their own wrongdoings. I admire politicians who act honestly and for the general interest and who don’t play for their own agenda.”
Etienne grew up in a much different world than we have today. He remembers attending the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, a change that in his mind marked the shift towards a truly global market. He believes and understands that nothing in politics is simple or easy and solutions are only going to come at the hand of hard work.
Etienne began his political career as member of the Fondation Intercommunale des Terrains Industriels et Artisanaux de la Pallanterie. For four years, he functioned as an active member. He then became President of the Association Libérale Arve & Lac in Geneva. At the time, this association had no president and had hit it’s own crisis for which Etienne was sought out to take over and resolve.
Etienne also began to get involved in other political endeavors. Because of his qualifications in finance as a CPA, he was appointed assessing Judge at the supervisory Commission of the Bankruptcy and Proceeding Office in Geneva. He frequently had to review judgements on cases, reassessing the calculation of minimal income for families, a situation where the smallest amount of money could change a families life.
In 2006, he was elected Municipal Council of the Commune of Collonge-Bellerive in which he lived. He then chaired the Cultural and Leisure Commission for a few years before chairing the Finance Commission, arguably the most important commission for an elected representative.
In 2012, he resigned as Council Member of Collonge-Bellerive, but to this day, he remains an active member of the political party he has always believed in (the Parti Libéral-Radical “PLR.”) He defends the values of self-initiative, capitalism, minimal state, and low taxes, but also humanism, integrity, action, and feasible solutions.