Candidates for Whistler mayor 

Brian Walker

Age: A young 54

Website: VoteWhistler.com, THE site for election info!

Occupation: Writer

Last book read: Sir John A. a biography of Canada's first prime minister and the genius on our $10 bill.

What music are you listening to these days? Music that I sing and play on guitar. It includes: The Searchers, The Band, Johnny Cash, The Turtles, The Stones, Tom Petty and others.

Favourite recreational pursuits: Riding my ancient hard-tail around town, disc golf, reading, writing and jamming on guitar with friends.

 

1. Why are you running for mayor?

The current mayor and council have lost the confidence of the community to act in our best interest. I'm running for mayor to extend my experience of organizing business leaders to direct municipal government into actually being in municipal government.

 

2. Given that revenue from development is declining and the municipality is more dependent on hotel tax revenue at a time of economic uncertainty, how do you propose the municipality balance its budgets the next few years?

The next council will have to cut expenses until the world financial crisis becomes clearer. We cannot continue spending taxpayer money as we have been. It's part of what led to the current lack of confidence. Whistler needs a larger share of hotel tax revenue until the economy stabilizes. This point needs to be driven home with the provincial government.

 

3. What other important issues does Whistler face in the next three years?

1. Employee Accommodation is our #1 issue. On top of the collapse of the Phoenix Project, which would have provided accommodation for seasonal employees, many long-term residents are being blatantly evicted from their apartments in advance of the Olympics.

2. Day care is a major issue for young families in Whistler who are already struggling with the expense of living here.

3. In the opinion of many guests of Whistler, our arts and culture do not meet with their expectations for the #1 alpine resort in North America.

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