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One incumbent, two hopefuls contend for West Vancouver-Sea to Sky


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Pique: Please tell us something about yourself that people may not know - secret hobby, guilty pleasure, how you like to spend your spare time...

JM: I would say just enjoyment of the outdoors, things like sailing, skiing when I can, but I hardly have any spare time. I work, I'm a full-time MLA, have been a full-time MLA. When I get away I really enjoy the outdoors.

Jim Stephenson

Party: Green Party of B.C.

Pets: Not at present

Occupation when not running for/serving in public office: Computer financial systems consultant

Who did you vote for as the Greatest Canadian: David Suzuki

Favourite Vancouver Canuck: Roberto Luongo

Favourite thing about campaigning: Meeting people

Least favourite thing about campaigning: Fixing broken signs

Pique: What are the major issues you would like to focus on in your campaign? And what issues are the public bringing to your attention?

JS: At a riding-wide level the primary issues are the economy, the environment, and accountability and transparency of government. The residents of the SLRD have now had first-hand experience with the current government's lack of accountability and transparency. When the SLRD board rejected the Ashlu Creek diversion project the Liberals passed the infamous amendments to Bill 30, taking away the district's local right to participate in resource decisions. The residents of West Vancouver experienced similar treatment with the Eagle Ridge Bluffs decision four years ago.

Pique: What is your personal view on the STV system put forward by the Citizen's Assembly?

JS: I support BC STV. The current voting system is a "first-ballot" system. After the first vote, the candidate with the most votes is declared the winner even though much of the time this candidate received less than 50 per cent of the votes. Political parties don't settle for a first-ballot system when they choose their leaders and candidates, they have run-off votes to ensure the winner represents a majority. To avoid having multiple votes, voters rank their choices into first, second, third, etc. The BC STV method asks voters to rank their choices to ensure that election results better reflect the voters' preferences.