Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls. Make no mistake our world has just changed drastically. Provincially, Gordon Campbell denies that the sweeps of left swinging council's and mayors has anything to do with his raping of our system. However the mood all across the province is one of change. Across the land it was in essence a traditional BC "vote 'em out" election.
Of course, locally the story is nothing short of historic. Unfortunately historic changes are in their very nature, as hard as they come. Squamish has undeniably just been put through some of the most turbulent times in its history, and we can only hope that this turning point can be the time for rebuilding and healing.
Now the work really begins.
Just because the election is over doesn't mean we can sit back on our laurels. Squamish is special for countless reasons, not least of which are the spirit, love and passion we all have for this town. That spirit must continue to strive and council still needs to be watched and made aware when something smells funny. On this note I hope Terrill will continue his unofficial role of council watchdog.
Now I believe our town can begin the healing process, because no mater what your, age, race, or political leanings, every one of us in this town shares something that will never be the same. We all share the memory of what Squamish was.
From Wall Mart to the University to the artisan village. Plus Garibaldi at Squamish, highway improvements and the gong show Olympics, wheels are turning that will see this town changed forever.
Funny as it sounds, I'm going to miss Squamish. I can imagine down memory lane talking to those too young to remember? "Back in the day this street was deserted. After 6:00 the only thing open was the dumpsters and the bottle." Then my story will no doubt recall hiking miles to town in waist deep snow uphill both ways.
Hopefully those stories will be quickly followed by tales of untold fortune on the world scene after Squamish is officially declared "the best place to live."
So here we go. It's been said more often than I care to remember "Squamish can't move forward until we've hit the bottom" I hope I'm right when I say, we've got no where to go but up.