More to Kenney’s visit
In implying (Same old story in Ottawa, Pique Opening Remarks, April 19) that I invited the Honourable Jason Kenney to Whistler because I want to be elected as the next MP for our riding, you missed the chance to inform your readers of some significant points.
Mr. Kenney is Canada’s Minister of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity. He’s also the former Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and is a trusted advisor to the Prime Minister.
Like Minister Monte Solberg, when he visited Whistler in September 2006, Mr. Kenney left Whistler last week impressed by Whistler’s leadership in sustainable environmental initiatives. He also understood more clearly what I’ve been arguing over the past two years — that we need further changes to the Temporary Worker Visa program, in addition to the gains we’ve already won. The meetings Mr. Kenney had with various Whistler community leaders, five municipal councilors and the mayor, sparked an invaluable exchange of opinions and information.
I will continue to work for the people of Whistler and of other regions of our riding. Jason Kenney’s visit last week was just one endeavour that will produce benefits for Whistler. I will continue to work with the people of Whistler myself and to invite senior elected officials here in order to foster better decision-making in Ottawa that affects us here.
Federal Conservative Party candidate
West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky Country
Recreation trails key
This letter was addressed to Archie Riddell, project
assessment director at the Environmental Assessment Office. A copy was
forwarded to Pique for publication.
I attended the VANOC presentation at Whistler regarding the environmental impact of the Whistler Nordic Centre in the Callaghan Valley. I am writing you to express my support for the recreational trails proposal.
As an active member of the Nordic Events Local Organizing Committee for the Sea to Sky region, 2 nd VP Squamish Chamber of Commerce and a Squamish Nordic Club member, I know that it is essential for legacy purposes to establish a recreational trail system beyond the competition trails.
The community is so excited about the new Nordic facility and is ready to embrace it fully with school programs through to Master’s events that will engage Nordic clubs from Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton. In order to establish a sustainable legacy of Nordic Skiing in the Callaghan Valley it is essential that there are significant kilometres of recreational trails in order to market it as a Nordic Destination to domestic and international skiers.