Belsey will run again

  • Fri Aug 20th, 2004 6:00am
  • News

MLA Bill Belsey will seek a second term as Northcoast MLA, when the province goes to the polls next May.
“I’ll run again. It’ll be an interesting election,” Mr. Belsey told the Observer, noting that the BC Liberals have caused an incredible turnaround to the provincial economy, and that in the future more money will be available for communities.
“We have turned the corner,” he said, adding “you know, what I like the best is coming around and talking to people, I enjoy that”.
He also wanted to clarify his goals as MLA.”I was asked the other day why do I support fish farms. Why do I support gas and oil, Well you know the bottom line isn’t really what I support or don’t support. What I support most of all are jobs, and opportunities. People come to me and they say we need new hospitals, we need new roads, and we want skate board parks, ice rinks and a swimming pool, we want mental health facilities and we want seniuors’ homes, there’s a great list. But they all cost money. (We cannot develop these) wihtout string economies. And it is no mystery. String economies build strong communities. It doesn’t go the other way around. If you say no to (logging, fish farms, oil and gas) you are also saying no to a whole bunch of other things.”
Mr. Belsey held meetings on the islands last week in most communities.