Wow, what a last month it's been. I, for one, have learnt a lot over the course of this campaign. I've been in Whistler for seven years and think I'm relatively involved and engaged with our current issues. I run a small business that sells very high end trips to Whistler and have always been about increasing the "bling, bling" in the resort and have always been all for development and progression of the resort. I have, however, in the meantime, been trying to become a "local" and hope to bring up a family in Whistler.
At the beginning of this campaign I was all for Ted and cringed at the thought of Ken getting elected. Over the past three weeks I have done a lot of reading, a lot of research, have spoken to a lot of people, have written a lot of blogs on votewhistler.com and have done a lot of thinking. In doing so I have learnt a great deal about community values, environmental sustainability and integrity.
I ended up voting for Ted as I thought he was the better choice for increased tourism.
Ken has now won the election, yet I don't find myself cringing as I had originally thought I would. In fact, I'm quite excited about Ken as mayor and look forward to seeing what he and this strong new council can accomplish. A heartfelt congrats to all seven winners.
The bottom line is that we're all on the same team, Team Whistler. The first thing we need to do (while simultaneously getting the Rainbow shovels ready to dig in the spring), is to rid ourselves of this polarization that seems to be upon us. Let's think about what Ted supporters can learn from Ken and what Ken supporters can learn from Ted and let's work together to ensure that we all agree that we live in the best place on planet earth, Whistler, B.C.
Good triumphed over evil
The election is now over and thus the pondering begins. As we watched the campaign and the candidates involved, and then the results of the vote, it would seem that the Whistler community has rejected one kind of politics/philosophy and embraced another. I would suggest that the Whistler community voted for substance and integrity over vacuous style and viciousness. All one has to do is look at your paper and the ads contained therein on the last publishing day before the polls, to see how the true colours of the mayoral candidates came through.
The desperation in the Nebbeling, Wells and Davies camps was there for all to see as the three of them dragged the whole community process and discussion into the gutter where they seem to like to reside. Brutal statement? Perhaps… but look at the attacks they all took on Ken Melamed. Full-page ads that attempted to instill fear in the electorate about all the negative things a vote for Ken would bring. These claims, however untruthful, were meant to scare and intimidate the electorate. These ads could only be described as personal, nasty and inflammatory. That sure feels like blood sport politics doesn’t it?