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: Though all elections have various issues that are debated but the 1984 election is reported to have been fought mainly on the record of the Liberal Party who had formed the governing party for the majority of the last two decades. In the election held in September 1984, the Progressive Conservative Party led by Brian Mulroney won 211 seats to form a majority government.
Question: Who do you think is going to win the federal election?
Steve Bird – Ski Technician – Tamarisk
I think the Liberals will win. I’m not saying they will form a majority government but they will have more seats than the Conservatives. the polls now are saying almost exactly what they did before the last election.
Terry Power – Bartender – Slopeside
I think the Conservatives will win both locally and federally. It will be a minority government for them. We do need a change of government; the Liberals have been in office too long. But there’s not much difference between Liberals and Conservatives, and people are scared of the NDP.
Raj Anand – Lawyer – Toronto
I think the Conservatives. There are too many people who think the only way to make sure is a change is to vote Conservative. It will be worse than it is now; Canadians are going to be dismayed after the fact.