Full house for all candidates meeting 

Mayors, councillors meet the public

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Council candidate Hi Brooks was also asked how he would address the budget. He said it could only be addressed by building consensus within council. "There isn't a budget that hasn't been passed by council," he said. "Whether it's been a four-three split or whether members voted against budgets, it's clear (councillors) haven't influenced others to the point of changing the process. That's the problem."

Council candidate Rob Leblanc said he was more concerned by the role of council, which he said is to oversee the Chief Administration Officer and budget. "We're in a bad financial situation, and we need to do everything we can to be as efficient and effective as can be. Council needs to tell the CAO, 'you need to tighten up the ship.' My other (priority) is to ensure that council is sticking to their role as defined and making sure the policies and procedures we set up to move proposals through are clear and identifiable so we know what things we're going to do and how we're going to get there."

Council candidate Steve Andrews was in favour of open source government, leveraging the technology to create better two-way communication within municipal hall and in the community. He's also concerned that the municipality is trying to do too much. "I think we've spread ourselves too thin, that municipal government has lost its focus. The Olympics played a big part in that, creating all these different roles, but a lot of roles should be handled by Tourism Whistler, Chamber of Commerce, Whistler Blackcomb - they had the maintenance of the parking lots for years and then that was taken over by the municipality."

Council candidate Corinne Allison said she would try to work out an agreement with the asphalt plant owner before the case goes to court in late November to avoid the judicial system. "We can't go back in time, though I'm still stumbling over how we managed to build something like (Cheakamus Crossing) next to an asphalt plant... my efforts would be to get a resolution as soon as possible, rather than dragging it out and avoid the whole judicial system."

Council incumbent Eckhard Zeidler was asked if he had any regrets from his second term and he was blunt in his answer. "It was absolutely horrific," he said. "I can list down all the major issues (in this campaign) based on what people are talking about... but I feel the overarching issue needs to be addressed, and that's that council is not well regarded in the community at all - and the RMOW as an extension is not well regarded, which is a most incredibly unfair thing...

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