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There are issues like logging the Powerhouse Plunge in Squamish, the tunnel at Horseshoe Bay, the twinning of the Port Mann Bridge that the Liberals have not dealt with, but are very important to constituents.
Pique: Affordability is one of WhistlerÕs top priorities. What would you and the Green Party do to make Whistler, and Squamish and Pemberton as well, more affordable?
D.P.: A major part of Green Party policy is prevention, and that means adequate funding for education, addressing poverty, providing low-cost housing, providing health care Ð all of those things. Other parties donÕt even begin to touch where we would go on prevention.
We are for having Crown Land dedicated to municipalities to build low-cost housing.
I should also mention that weÕre fully supportive of financial tools, a Liberal broken promise to Whistler at this stage.
The public opinion polls say that the Liberals will get 50 to 55 seats, another solid majority ÐÊall the more reason we should be voting for the all-around best candidate and not for the party in this election. And the best all-around candidate is the one who is the least restrained from speaking up for the community.
Pique: How about tourism? What role do you see in tourism in B.C.Õs future?
D.P.: I could never understand why this government did away with the Ministry of Tourism. ItÕs our number two industry and itÕs an industry that everyone in the world loves because itÕs relatively benign, with no major negative effects on society or the environment. We should be bending over backwards to help our tourism industry, which hasnÕt even begun to tap the potential of this province, particularly wilderness tourism.
Pique: What about the IPP issue? How would you like to see that resolved?
D.P.: On the surface, run of river hydro sounds positiveÉ but there is obviously issues so we need a comprehensive development plan, cumulative impact studies, absolutely before any new IPPs are proposed. We also need to address visual pollution in the way of power lines.
Pique: How about land use issues and competing interests?
D.P.: I was five years at the Lillooet LRMP (Land and Resource Management Plan) round table, and it was a great experience. Working with stakeholders is often excruciating, but in the end itÕs an incredibly valuable process. I look forward to working with communities on land use issues.
Pique: First Nations are playing a stronger role in the corridor. What do you see as the role of First Nations?