PROFILE: Goldsbury running for Liberals in Kootenay-Columbia

PROFILE: Goldsbury running for Liberals in Kootenay-Columbia

Long-time Kootenay entrepreneur hoping to bring experience to federal government

Robin Goldsbury is running for the federal Liberal Party of Canada in Kootenay-Columbia.

She’ll be a recognizable name in Cranbrook, having lived and worked in the Key City, however, she has some West Kootenay connections as well, owning a restaurant business beside the Balfour ferry terminal on Kootenay Lake.

Goldsbury will be hitting the regional highways over the course of the campaign to meet with voters in communities across the East and West Kootenay.

“I stepped up because I’m deeply concerned that our rural and small communities because I really think we need a dynamic and progressive voice that’s squeaking for the government,” said Goldsbury. “…There’s a lot of issues that we have here. Urban migration, our kids are leaving, we’ve got succession problems, services are closing down.”

READ: Liberals announce Kootenay-Columbia candidate for October election

She highlighted her work as a party member, hounding the leadership for the creation of a rural caucus at a party convention. Those discussions eventually spurred the creation of a new federal ministry — the Ministry of Rural Economic Development.

“We played a role in getting it, so we actually have a government agency that is actually looking at policy through the eyes of rural Canadians, and that’s really important,” Goldsbury said. “We’ve only begun to tap that ministry.”

Federally, Goldsbury cited her desire to have a voice for the region in the government fold as a major reason for stepping up to run in the election.

She raised issues such as the Columbia River Treaty renegotiations, the loss of Greyhound and the challenges of rural transportation and the role of a Member of Parliament in bringing together various levels of government and volunteers to solve problems.

READ: Liberals’ Kootenay-Columbia candidate stands by Trudeau despite scandal

Her campaign is also taking a new approach to signage; there will be no lawn signs, but will set up larger ones on arterial roadways. Supporters are encouraged to make their own signs and post them in their windows. It’s part of an effort to address waste reduction by focusing on substance over signs, according to her campaign.

Goldsbury, who still calls Cranbrook home, has a background that includes managing corporate marketing with Koocanusa Publications as well as building a value-added forestry business that sold forest botanicals to the floral trade worldwide. She returned to school to complete a Masters in Neuroscience and ended up in Balfour in 2007, where her built the Dock’n Duck Resort with her partner at the Balfour ferry landing.



trevor.crawley@cranbrooktownsman.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Zaudanawng “Jay-Dan” Maran in his Creston home. Hanging on the wall behind him is a logo of Kachin’s Manaw festival. Photo: Aaron Hemens
From Myanmar to Creston: The story of a refugee

In October 2007, Zaudanawng “Jay-Dan” Maran and his friends encountered a woman being sexually assaulted by two Myanmar soldiers.

South Columbia Search and Rescue called in the Nelson Search and Rescue and Kootenay Valley Helicopters to provide a long line rescue. Photo: BCSAR submitted.
Long-line rescue needed for injured hiker near Trail

Members of South Columbia and Nelson SAR and Kootenay Valley Helicopters did a long-line evacuation

A sign indicating a COVID-19 testing site is displayed inside a parking garage in West Nyack, N.Y., Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The site was only open to students and staff of Rockland County schools in an effort to test enough people to keep the schools open for in-person learning. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
4 more deaths, 54 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

This brings the total to 66 deaths in the region

Surrey RCMP are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed at 183 Street and Highway 10 Friday night. (File photo)
Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2020 – 10 Year Anniversary Sand Sculpture. (Submitted/CBT)
CBT arts and culture grant program now accepting applications

Apply through the Kootenay Columbia Cultural Alliance

Dr. Penny Ballem, a former deputy health minister, discusses her role in leading B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 22, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. holds steady with 407 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

14 deaths, no new outbreaks in the health care system

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks at B.C. legislature on the province’s mass vaccination plan for COVID-19, Jan. 22, 2021. (B.C. government)
COVID-19 quarantine not an option for B.C., John Horgan says

Apres-ski parties increase risk, not interprovincial travel

Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.
Worker at Swartz Bay terminal on Monday, January 20, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Former BC Ferries employee alleges he was fired because of his race

Imraan Goondiwala has been granted a BC Human Rights Tribunal hearing

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker have been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s Civil Emergency Measures Act for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)
B.C. couple who travelled to Yukon for COVID vaccine ineligible for 2nd dose until summer

The province is ensuring those eligible to receive the vaccine get the second shot within 42 days

(File)
Mask dispute in court leaves Vancouver cop with broken leg

Man allegedly refused to put on a mask and resisted arrest

(Kraft Dinner/Twitter)
Kraft Dinner launches candy-flavoured mac and cheese just in time for Valentine’s Day

Sweet and cheesy treat will be here just in time for the cheesiest holiday of the year

Most Read