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Meet the Sea to Sky candidates 

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Blair Wilson (BW): I think one of the biggest reasons is my proven track record of fighting for the issues my constituents care about. I voted twice against extending our mission in Afghanistan, once as a Liberal and once as an independent, and I would vote again as a Green. I have a track record of fighting for local jobs, like the $80 million pilot project for hydrogen buses that will hit the streets in Whistler in 2010, and I have a track record working with constituents to create a sustainable environment and better stewardship. When there was a proposed carbonate rock quarry on the Sechelt Peninsula, I wrote to the Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of the Environment to do a full assessment because that�s what people care about. They can count on me to go to bat for them.

Pique: What issues from your party�s platform do you feel resonate most with the voters in this riding?

JW: It�s been pretty consistent, and that�s economic governance. The Conservatives have brought in 29 tax cuts, putting over $20 billion in the pockets of Canadians, provided $1,200 per child tax benefit, provided a $500 tax credit for kids involved in sports, and now in arts and culture pursuits. We�ve focused on investments designed to make life easier for average Canadians. We paid down $40 billion of the debt, which is a record payment and relieves the burden on our children. We�ve made numerous commitments to seniors, like allowing for pension income splitting, increasing Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) benefits, and now we have tax-free savings accounts that go beyond RRSPs.

These are promises the Conservative Party will keep and that will help the economy. The contrast is obvious � Dion has a $12 billion gap in the budget, and a $14 billion tax hike. It�s the wrong time to have someone who cannot manage take control of an uncertain economy. The other thing is that these all come with very coherent economic guidelines� in the context of environmental sustainability. The Turning the Corner environmental plan is achievable and provides local leadership and leadership on the international stage.

IS: I think the $70 billion infrastructure plan is very important to our riding. It�s not the most glamorous issue, but it�s one that is crucial for the future success of our communities, especially as we get ready to welcome the world in 2010. I�ve also heard a lot of support for taking real action on the environment � especially when that means lower income and business taxes, paid for by taxes on pollution. And the strong action we�re proposing to support the arts resonates not just with our own spectacular artists, but also with all of us who enjoy their work.

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