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: Amid questions about the financial status of the Whistler Village Land Company, unaudited Land Co. financial statements were delivered anonymously to Denver Snider, one of the aldermanic candidates in the municipal election. The documents contained information on liabilities, assets, payroll, land sales, and expense accounts. Snider and fellow candidate Ruth Lotzkar held a press conference about the financial statements, leading to more questions from candidates and voters.
Question: Do you think a full disclosure of Whistler Village Land Co.’s financial position will become an election issue?
Russ Shepherd – Hotelier – Brio Estates
I personally don’t think anyone’s been cheating or stealing money. Maybe they made an error, but who doesn’t? I just don’t think there are any underhanded motives in this issue.
Rod MacLeod – Carpenter – White Gold Estates
I’ve seen some of the figures and I think people should be made aware of the money spent on various things. I think they’d be shocked. It’s a shame the mayor is not accountable for the questions that are coming out.
Pat Carleton – Mayor – Alta Lake Road
Well, some people are certainly trying to make it an issue, but these people obviously don’t understand the problem. I don’t think that anything anyone could bring out now would sway an intelligent voter who knows today’s economic problems. The average person would not consider it an issue.