Whistler’s Answers: February 24, 1983

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 1983.  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: On January 5, 1983, the provincial government proposed to establish a new Crown corporation (WLC Development Ltd.) to take over the operation, assets, and liabilities of the Whistler Village Land Co., which was in severe financial difficulties. Before this could happen, however, the Whistler Resort Association (WRA) had to accept the terms of the corporation, including that WLC would have a majority vote on the WRA board. On January 11, 1983, the WRA board of directors agreed to the deal in principle, but it still had to be voted on by the WRA membership.

Question: Under what conditions do you think the WRA should accept the crown corp. proposal?

Chuck Cook – Dentist – Squamish

I think if the WRA makes any objection to this proposal it is looking a gift horse in the mouth. As for the set up of the WRA itself, I have no quarrel with that group and while I don’t particularly want to pay them more dues, I recognize that it’s the only way we’re going to make Whistler work.

Jan Holmberg – Businessman – Alta Vista

If we seriously want Whistler to become a four-season resort providing year-round employment, facilities like the resort centre and golf club have to be completed. WRA has no option but to accept the crown corp. proposal exactly as it stands.

Pat Kelly – Real Estate Sales – Whistler Cay

I think those who question the government’s conditions don’t realize that the negative consequences of turning down this offer far outweigh the extra assessment they would be paying in the short term. The ability of Whistler to grow will be seriously affected if we turn down the offer. The government is not going to force it on Whistler.

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