All Candidates meeting Tuesday, May 3 

The stage is set for the Whistler All-Candidates meeting on Tuesday, May 3, hosted by the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, Telus Whistler Conference Centre, and AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions.

All three candidates currently running in the West Vancouver-Garibaldi riding have confirmed that they will be in attendance – Joan McIntyre of the B.C. Liberal Party, Dennis Stephen Perry of the Green Party of B.C., and Lyle Douglas Fenton of the New Democratic Party of B.C.

The meeting takes place at the Telus Whistler Conference Centre at 7:30 p.m. sharp, and will wrap up by 9 p.m. William Roberts, who organizes the Whistler Forum for Dialogue and the Dialogue Café series, will moderate the meeting.

The candidates will each get five minutes to address the audience, followed by a question and answer period. Questions can be asked of individual candidates, who will have two minutes to answer. Other candidates will be allowed one minute each to respond as well.

"There are only three candidates this year, which should give everyone a good opportunity to get to know the people who are running. The format also leaves most of the discussion up to the people in the audience, so the sky’s the limit," said John Nadeau, president of the Whistler Chamber of Commerce.

As the meeting wraps up, each candidate will be given another two minutes to sum up.

All Candidates meetings will also be held in Pemberton and Squamish.

The Pemberton meeting is on Monday, May 9 at the community centre, starting at 7 p.m. The Squamish meeting is on Tuesday, May 10 at the Sea to Sky Hotel, starting at 7 p.m.

For a closer look at the candidates…

All three candidates in West Vancouver-Garibaldi have agreed to participate in the Whistler Forum for Dialogue, leading three very different discussions.

Joan McIntyre spoke at a well-attended Dialogue Café on Sunday at the Brewhouse on the topic "Four More Years?"

Dennis Perry will appear at "Is It Easy Being Green?" this Sunday, May 1 upstairs at the Brewhouse. The sessions runs from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Lyle Fenton will discuss "Are There Average Working People" on May 8, same place, same time.

The referendum on the Single Transferable Vote system will also get some attention with Gene Quan, a member of the Citizen’s Assembly, presenting "Is STV As Easy As 1-2-3? Yes" on Wednesday, May 11 at Blenz, starting at 7:30 p.m.

For voters who consider the environment a priority, the Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment is hosting candidates at their monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 4 at the Delta Whistler Village Suites, starting 7 p.m. Candidates will be invited to share their political and environmental platforms. So far Dennis Perry and Lyle Fenton have confirmed.

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