In the 1980s the Whistler Question began posing a question to three to six people and publishing their responses under “Whistler’s Answers” (not to be confused with the Whistler Answer). Each week, we’ll be sharing one question and the answers given back in 1982. Please note, all names/answers/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.
Some context for this week’s question: In the fall of 1982, campaigning for the municipal election was well underway in Whistler. At a meeting of the Whistler Ratepayers Association, a motion was brought forward to have the Ratepayers Association support either individual candidates or a slate of candidates in the November 20 election. Some members argued for this, while others argued that this would be contrary to the organization’s traditional role, especially if the candidates backed were not elected. The Ratepayers Association had not previously endorsed candidates in any election.
Question: Do you think the Whistler Ratepayers Association should endorse a slate of candidates for the election?
Michael Vance – Planning Consultant – Alpine Meadows
No, Whistler as a community is small enough that issues will be fairly obvious. A group of candidates holding hands on a political slate would only cloud the issue of who is best suited for the job.
Rollie Horsey – Retired – Alta Vista
No, I can’t think they should. The ratepayers do a tremendous job on specific problems that they can get their teeth into like water in Emerald Estates. The community needs a group like that and I think it should stay apolitical.
Ted Pryce-Jones – Surveyor – White Gold Estates
I don’t think they should undress anyone.