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Gerry Taft visits Kimberley Council
Mayor of Invermere Gerry Taft stopped by Kimberley City Council this past Monday to formally introduce himself as the NDP candidate for MLA in Columbia River Revelstoke.
“I am running to be what some are calling the ‘New Norm’,” he said, referring to incumbent Norm Macdonald.
Joking aside, Taft said, Macdonald was very well liked and left large shoes to fill.
“I will try to pick up where he left off,” he said.
Taft pointed to his municipal background as a Councillor and Mayor. As an MLA, he would understand the road blocks municipalities sometimes ran into when dealing with higher levels of government.
“Columbia River Revelstoke needs a voice to represent people first,” Taft said. “We all remember the last time we had a sitting BC Liberal in this riding. Hospitals, courtrooms, forestry offices and schools were shut down.”
Taft says that as a small business owner himself, he can relate to their relevance to the region.
“It’s the only way for young people to stay in our communities. The NDP and small business may seem strange, but I want to work with small business.”
Coun. Darryl Oakley asked what Taft’s position was on the concrete footings in the Jumbo area.
“The fact is, the Jumbo Municipality should be dissolved by the province,” Taft said. Any more work on Jumbo should go through the RDEK. The RDEK has worked on resort development before. And the developer should be obliged to remediate and clean up the site.”