Coun. McDonald wins B.C. Liberal nomination for Delta South
Coun. McDonald won the "Battle of the Bruces" on Tuesday evening (Jan. 22), as BC Liberal members elected him to represent the riding of Delta South in the May 14 provincial election.
Bruce McDonald, who has served on Delta council since 1987, was running against Bruce Fougner, who works with a travel agency in Vancouver.
"There is not a road, or lane in this community that I have not walked on, ridden a bike on, or driven down," said McDonald. "There is not a municipal facility that I have not had a part in building or renovating."
McDonald said the fact that the job of councillor is not a full-time job has kept him grounded and connected to the citizens of the community.
"When you agree to spend taxpayer's money in the municipality you know very well where it comes from," he said.
McDonald worked as an air traffic controller, first in Victoria in 1967, and then Vancouver two years later, eventually rising to manager of the Vancouver Area Control Centre.
"When I was first elected, Delta's debt was $68 million and our interest payments were enormous. Over the years the debt has been almost eliminated," he said, adding this was done while keeping property taxes low and continuing to build community facilities.
McDonald said former MLA Fred Gingell, a BC Liberal who held the riding of Delta South for nearly nine years, inspired him to run for office.
"He is the type of politician I strive to be," he said.
McDonald joins fellow Delta councillors Sylvia Bishop and Scott Hamilton in a bid for a seat in the provincial legislature this May. Bishop is running for the NDP in Delta North, while Hamilton is representing the Liberals in the same riding.
McDonald will be running against incumbent independent MLA Vicki Huntington, who has represented Delta South since 2009, and BC NDP candidate Nic Slater. The BC Conservatives and BC Greens have said they will not run against Huntington out of respect for her.