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Meet the Sea to Sky candidates 

Make your mark in the 2008 federal election

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IS: My biggest commitment is to fight for ferry service. Working residents of the South Coast depend on the ferries as a vital connection between their jobs and homes. Any service cuts create hardship, so I advocate recognizing ferry routes as part of Canada�s highway system and increasing federal subsidies to match subsidies provided to the Atlantic ferry system � which are currently four times higher. With that kind of support we can ensure B.C. Ferries service remains at the levels we need.

BF: That�s a tough one because it�s such a comprehensive federal platform, and I can�t say what�s left out. One area might be outdoor recreation, although we even cover sports in our platform, which I have to say is very comprehensive and inclusive. If I had to pick one area, I think outdoor recreation could be emphasized a little more. It�s very important to this riding, and would probably rank higher than most other ridings.

We have to look at outdoor recreation as part of our health policy, which means grants and supports for outdoor recreation. I would be encouraging the party to increase support for getting urban youth more involved in outdoor rural activities with things like camps, grants for equipment, outdoor recreation programs in the schools � things of that nature.

BW: The last two and a half years I�ve sat on the Citizenship and Immigration Committee, and my focus has been to increase the number of people allowed into Canada. I know in Whistler and the corridor there is a dramatic labour shortage, and we would dramatically increase the number of people we�re allowing in Canada to one per cent, or about 350,000 per year. Conservatives worked the last two years to cut immigration. When they were first elected it was 263,500, the next year was 250,000, and last year was 225,000. I feel that exacerbated the labour shortage problem we�re experiencing here in Western Canada.

Pique: How would your party address the economic crisis on behalf of your constituents?

JW: On the economic crisis, the general answer is that the party continues to invest in communities and families, and not to promote grandiose, reckless and unfulfillable promises. For example, there is a $1 billion community trust fund targetted to victims of the forestry slowdown and other slowdowns in industry in one-industry towns. Our environmental initiatives are designed not only to promote a green world, but to protect jobs. For example, Stephen Harper promised not to export bitumen� except to countries with the same greenhouse gas laws as Canada has, which will protect jobs in Canadian refineries instead of moving those jobs abroad.

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