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Meet the Sea to Sky candidates 

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BF: That�s a tough one because there is such a range of socio-economic demographics in this riding. But the bottom line is climate change, and the fact that the NDP have had great success in the last Parliament in implementing the Climate Change Accountability Act to get government to make a solid commitment to reducing emissions.

People have to realize that our environment plan also links to our economic plan, because our plan includes investing in clean energy and new technologies. It�s what we call our Green Jobs plans, which is based on new manufacturing and technology industries, and new low-emissions projects.

BW: The party platform is big, but the one thing I�m emphasizing most is the concept that �Green means business.� Certainly the Green Party is the only party in Canada with any credibility on environmental stewardship, but what I bring to the table is a focus on the economy, business and creating local green jobs for our kids and grandkids, the jobs of the future that will be well-paying and long-lasting.

Pique: What other issues that are specific to your riding but not part of the federal platform would you bring to Ottawa?

JW: One key issue is infrastructure, we have to continue to build for the future. A good example is in the recent budget and the $55 million infrastructure grant designed for our riding. Stephane Dion, Blair Wilson, Liberals and NDP voted against this Olympic-related infrastructure payment, against tax cuts and against paying down the debt. Secondly, there is the question of filling jobs where we can�t find Canadians to do the work. I�ve been working three years now to improve work permit regulations to bring in foreign workers� I�ve brought the minister to Whistler and Squamish to hear the concerns, and they took that back to cabinet and helped approve new regulations. Lastly, I would like to improve Pacific Rim exposure to encourage investment and economic opportunities for the riding and for Canada. I was in Asia for 10 years, I have diplomatic experience, I have run businesses and practised law in Asia and Canada, and this would enable me to act as a bridge.

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