By David F. Rooney
Columbia River Revelstoke’s BC Liberals will be gathering here this Saturday to select their candidate for next year’s provincial election.
That candidate is expected to be Doug Clovechok, the man who ran against incumbent MLA Norm Macdonald in the 2013 election.
Clovechok is an outspoken BC Liberal from Fairmont Hotsprings who has been working hard to remain in front of the voting public ever since. He is a frequent writer of letters to The Revelstoke Current and to the East Kootenay News Online Weekly, as well as all the Black Press weeklies in the riding. And he has been busy on Facebook and Twitter, as well, posting 3,104 tweets since 2011.
Like his political nemesis, Norm Macdonald, Doug spent much of his career in education. He was most recently the campus manager of the Selkirk College of the Rockies. He is a staunch small-c conservative and outdoorsman with roots here in BC and in neighbouring Alberta. And while he lost his last bid for election four years ago he is an elected member of the Executive Council of the BC Liberal Party representing the ridings of East & West Kootenays, Nelson Creston, and Columbia River Revelstoke.
Two of Doug’s political pals, Energy Minister and East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett amd Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo will be travelling here this weekend for the candidate-selection meeting, which is being held on Saturday, May 7, at George Buhler’s home at 1909 Mount Mcpherson Road, which is just off Highway 23 South. It begins at 3 pm.
Bennett is billed as the guest speaker for this little shindig. It will be interesting to hear what he has to say. Bennett has a reputation as a colourful and very partisan speaker.