In the run-up to the May 14, 2013 provincial election, the Bulletin presents weekly words from the two candidates in the Columbia River – Revelstoke riding; BC Liberal candidate Doug Clovechok and NDP incumbent Norm Macdonald. If you have a question you’d like to ask the candidates, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org This week, a brief introduction from each man.
GOLDEN – When I moved to the Columbia Valley in 1982, I was working as a waiter at Panorama Resort. There I met my wife Karen and we moved to Golden shortly thereafter, which is where my two daughters were raised.
As a teacher and principal, as well as Mayor and member of Golden Town council, I learned to listen. As MLA for the past eight years, I have learned to take action. Acting as the NDP’s Forestry Critic for the past four years and Deputy Chair of the Timber Supply Committee, I have been at the forefront of many issues that are important to this area. I support investments in forest health and more efficient use of our forest resources, which will keep jobs in this area.
Going forward, we need to get the fundamentals right: I will fight for government services in our communities as well as a balance between the local and provincial governments. Consistent, dependable funding is key to sustainable planning. Access to better healthcare in our rural communities, especially for seniors, remains a priority for me.
I have a record of competence. What I have said I would do, I have done. In all my political roles I have listened carefully to represent my constituents’ views and interests. I feel strongly that government needs to listen to the wishes of the people. I am always happy to hear from residents and can be reached by email at Norm.email@example.com or through my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/norm.macdonald.bcndp.
Born in Calgary Alberta I had the unique opportunity of growing up both in Calgary and the Columbia Valley where my family spent weekends and summers in a small cabin on the Dutch Creek near Fairmont Hot Springs.
At an early age my Father ignited my passion for hunting and fishing as well as the respect that I have for the land and all living things. I have shared these values with my three children and continue to do so with my four year old granddaughter who has discovered her own passion for fishing and the outdoors.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that my highest value is family. My wife Susan and I live with our two dogs and two cats at Dutch Creek. Together we enjoy quadding, skiing, golfing, hiking and kayaking in this amazing place we all call home.
I have always been an advocate for children and youth not only as a teacher and administrator but also as a co-founder of the Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation, a non government organization, where I served as President and CEO. After leaving teaching, I managed and directed land operations in Western and Eastern Canada for Princess Tours, a subsidiary of Princess Cruises. My work with First Nations Communities includes serving for two years as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Siksika Nations Resource Development Corporation.
Throughout my career I have been a tireless volunteer winning numerous awards for my work in building stronger communities. My commitment to strong healthy communities and working collaboratively continue to achieve results right here in our riding.
The bottom line is that my career experience, life experience and strong family values demonstrates that the people and families of Columbia River Revelstoke will get a hardworking, effective, no nonsense and accountable MLA!