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Election Question ~ #2

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The naysayers of the Olympic Bid can’t see the "big picture" – the way an event like this can permanently bolster not only the provincial economy, but the morale, pride and spirit of this community.

Tyler Mosher – Candidate for Council

The Olympic Bid helps Whistler by:

Promoting our resort to people around the world;

Providing a Sports Training Centre that encourages excellence in Winter Sports;

Enabling Whistler to strengthen its partnerships with the provincial and federal governments, Sea to Sky corridor neighbours and First Nations;

Pursuing the expansion of municipal boundaries for environmental protection, affordable housing and recreational pursuits;

Helping us plan what we want Whistler to be in the future as a Community, an international resort destination and a place where nature is at our doorstep.

The major problems include increased traffic and traffic delays, further development pressure on existing housing and infrastructure and a possible rise in day-to-day expenses. I will work hard to prevent the Olympics from harming our lifestyle, businesses and pocket books.

The Olympic Bid process will help Whistler become a better place to live and visit regardless of being awarded the games. Whistler was built on the Olympic Dream and I want to see it come true. If we get the Olympics, I want our local boys and girls here today, on the podium in 2010. To host part of the Olympic games would be an honour and pleasure.

Ted Milner – Candidate for Council

$300 million in lasting legacies, indemnity protection against extra or overrun costs, financial tools and expanded boundaries, along with world-wide advertising and promotion, are offered in the Bid endorsement package. This is highly compelling.

The risks, and they’re there, must be managed.

Senior government will handle security and geopolitical concerns.

Whistler has to develop protection for accommodation renter and owner costs. We have to protect small business as well as large organizations. Community impacts have to be managed.

It’s easy to say no. It’s vastly more difficult to create, manage and shape a venture that can catalyze big gains for Whistler – a venture that can give us huge employee housing, sustainability and affordability initiatives.

We are only at a point along a 13-year path. There is a lot of planning, community consultation and hard work to do in the next eight years.

It’s harder to build something but infinitely more rewarding beyond money.