Once the smart dark brown briefcase, stamped with the mark "Province of British Columbia," carried important papers of a B.C. Cabinet Minister.
Years later, handed down from father to son, the briefcase is a little worn but well loved, adorned with stickers and filled with business papers for a certain local pizza joint.
Now the briefcase is starting to fill up with documents related to Novembers municipal elections.
James Hyndman, the "Buster" of Busterinos Pizza, announced he is entering the mayors race, and following his fathers footsteps in a life of public office.
Candidly the 35-year-old Hyndman admits that he would not be running had Busterinos not gone under recently.
"I couldnt live with myself if I didnt speak out," he said.
He is speaking on behalf of other independent business owners in Whistler who are enduring an economy which has seen the bottom fall out of the market in the last year.
First it was Ulis in Creekside, then Best Sellers in the village. Now its Busterinos.
Hyndman thinks he is leading the "tsunami wave" of some really tough economic times ahead. Its time to reverse the tide he said.
"Were not reacting quickly and swiftly enough," he said.
Part of the blame, he said, lies with the absentee commercial landlords in the village, who got into the market in the boom times of the 80s but who arent around now to see whats happening to the town. Hyndman calls it a "fiefdom."
The landlords, he said, would rather let a spot sit vacant in the village and lose money than be the first to break ranks and lower the rents. His answer is annual meetings where the landlords and other stakeholders gather together to hash out the problems.
From his six years behind the counter at Busterinos, first in Pemberton and then three years later in Whistler, and from his years of ski racing here throughout his teens, Hyndman said he has a strong understanding of this town. He doesnt call it a community yet.
"Were a town or a resort but were far from a community," said Hyndman, who lives in Squamish.
A community, he said, offers its residents everything they need to live in that spot. Its not sustainable to spend one day a month traveling to Vancouver to stock up on staples.
Thats one of the reasons he supports putting London Drugs in the village. And once there, hes convinced the local independent business owners will see an increase in business with more foot traffic in town.
Hyndman also said a "community" wouldnt allow the residents of Eva Lake Village to foot the staggering costs of their sinking buildings alone. As mayor he would ensure those repair costs would be shared by all taxpayers.
"Were not a community when you let Eva Lake flap, because it could happen to anyone," he added.
On a personal note Hyndman said he has the skills it takes to be a leader at municipal hall. He brings discipline, learned from his ski racing days. He brings the knowledge of business, running a company and managing employees and hes proud to say he had a low employee turnover.
He has the ability to lead and use common sense and he often thinks back to the pioneers who broke trail here Myrtle Philip and Franz Wilhelmsen.
"This isnt rocket science," he said.
Hyndmans father Peter was the minister of consumer and corporate affairs under the Bill Bennett government from 1981-1983.
Hyndmans announcement brings more competition for mayoral candidates Nick Davies and Ted Nebbeling.
Meanwhile, four candidates have declared their intentions to run for council. They are Marianne Wade, Gordon McKeever, Tim Wake and Bob Lorriman.
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