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 1984. 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 July 1984, Whistler’s Mayor Mark Angus announced his intention to seek the Liberal nomination in the Cariboo-Chilcotin riding (Whistler used to be included in this riding before the boundaries were redrawn in 1987). Angus was successful in winning the nomination but was unsuccessful in the election, losing to incumbent Progressive Conservative Lorne Greenaway.
Question: What do you think of Mayor Mark Angus running as a Liberal candidate in the next federal election?
Pat Carleton – Retired – Alpha Lake
He certainly has the time to do this. He obviously has political aspirations and he must feel he has the capabilities. I wish him all the luck in the world. It won’t do Whistler any harm either.
Linda Johnston – Public Servant – Vancouver
Well, it depends on whether he can organize his time but then most jobs in municipal politics aren’t that time consuming. I would think it would be a benefit to a place for the mayor to have interests outside – that way he’d know both worlds. This kind of thing happens all the time. Politicians are politicians.
Yves Boulanger – Unemployed – Adventures West
I think it’s just fine. The people under him seem well-equipped to handle things while he’s on the campaign trail. I’d support him.