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: Elections are rarely about just one issue (though at times it might appear that they are), and the 1984 municipal election came as the first phase of the Whistler Village was nearing completion, Whistler was growing, and the resort tried to work its way out of a major recession.
Question: What is the single most important thing in the municipal election?
Rob Innes – Concrete Truck Driver – Whistler Cay
Probably the coordination and the effectiveness of the different elements that are building Whistler. Everybody has to work together. And there’s been many conflicts of interest on council, which isn’t needed. I don’t blame them for wanting to get on council if they have a beef, as long as they are honest and want to do a good job.
Ron Mackie – Contractor – West Side
I don’t know if there’s one thing so simple as that. I’d like to see some responsible people in there, and it’s a tough decision to decide who. How much they know about the valley and how long they’ve been here are important. When I elect them I have to trust them, and that’s why it’s a hard decision.
Bill McCance – Ski Coach – Tapley’s Farm
One thing that struck me at first was the need for a medical centre, but I think that’s going to have to be sorted out elsewhere. So I think the greatest thing to look forward to is the community centre. The new council could do lots of things to speed it up, and decide what goes into it.