MLA expresses support for council

MLA Norm Macdonald gave cause for optimism at Golden Town Council meeting.

Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald gave the Golden Town Council a dose of optimism during a delegation at the regular council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

“Usually I deal directly with the Mayor and different staff members, but I wanted to come today to speak with council as a whole. Part of the reason is, actually it was a letter to the editor that mentioned Councillor Hambruch, and I realized that some things were more negative than they needed to be,” he said.

“I know that the council has been through a tough time. I think that part of the perspective I can give you, just from travelling around the province, this is not the only rural community that is going through a tough time.”

A tough economy combined with some highly debated town issues have made it a difficult summer for the Town of Golden. But Macdonald feels confident that things are headed in the right direction.

Calgary’s economy has started to boom again, forestry is expected to pick up, and Golden’s location and resources put it in a very good position.

“As markets strengthen, this is one of the parts of the province that has the green wood. We know that we have a supply that will be pretty consistent going forward. That’s a real reason for optimism,” said Macdonald.

“There’s all sorts of reasons, even on a dull November day, for optimism. That’s part of what I wanted to come and say.”

As a former councillor and mayor for the Town of Golden, Macdonald wanted to acknowledge and thank those who choose to serve in those positions.

“I want to thank you for the work that you do,” he said. “This is basically volunteer work. This is not a level of government where you can look at it as anything more than that. It is a labour of love.”