October 10, 2008 Features & Images » Feature Story

Meet the Sea to Sky candidates 

Make your mark in the 2008 federal election

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(Order of answers picked out of a hat.)

Pique: Why should the people of West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country vote for you?

John Weston (JW): Firstly, leadership on the national and the local stage. Our leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has done a great job in a minority government, and promises to continue as we enter uncertain economic times. Locally, I�ve spent the last three and a half years travelling the riding, talking to people, attending events and meetings to prepare myself to become a Member of Parliament.

Secondly, when it comes to economics there is a clear distinction, on one hand, between the Conservative Party and its focused investment in families and communities and the risky choice of having an apologist for (Liberal Leader Stephane) Dion�s incomprehensible carbon tax plan, which is basically a new tax on everything.

Thirdly, to have a voice in government. There are some very important resources out there that our riding can only access if they have a strong advocate in Ottawa who will act on behalf of the people in the riding and not just on behalf of himself.

Lastly, it�s about integrity. People expect someone who will tell the truth, and will act in their interest.

Ian Sutherland (IS): I�m running on my record and on my plans. I think that, as mayor of Squamish, I�ve served my constituents well, and I�m ready to do the same for the rest of our riding. I�m also running as part of a party that has the team and the plan to make our country succeed in the 21st century. We're the only party with a real plan to address the infrastructure deficit (an issue of particular importance in our riding), we have the best plan on the environment, we have the best record on economic management � and we're the only party with a real chance of stopping Stephen Harper.

Bill Forst (BF): The main thing I have to offer is that my career, all my life, is as a school counsellor and teacher, and working with the entire cross-section of families in the community. It�s why I think I�m uniquely placed amongst the candidates, my familiarity with the whole cross-section of the community, and their needs and aspirations.

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