Due to the fact that I will not be in
Whistler to vote during our upcoming municipal election, I felt the need to
voice my concern over the lack of a mechanism to allow me to vote, as well as
my choice of candidates. Yes, I realize that there is advanced voting, but
unfortunately those dates do not serve me as I am leaving Whistler Nov. 3 —
and, unfortunately, as I found out, there is no other option.
Please let it be known that I if
I could vote, my ballot for mayor would go to Ken Melamed. Many of
you may not realize the role Ken plays on the international stage. He is highly
touted by numerous mayors throughout North America as a role model for his
leadership skills — that’s huge recognition. His investment of time and energy into
our community is much larger than most community members appreciate.
My vote would also go to the
following strong candidates for council: Eckhart Zeidler, Ted Milner, Grant
Lamont, Chris Quinlan, Tom Thomson.
I am still undecided for the sixth
spot for council.
It pains me that my right to vote
will not be exercised this time, but by writing to you I hope that the issue of
voting privileges for absentee voters will be addressed some day soon in this
community, i.e., the ability to mail in a proxy via electronic systems. (We can
buy products on the Internet with secure systems, surely voting this way could
be the way of the future.)
Having let you all know my personal
choice, I still acknowledge and appreciate all other candidates who have
stepped up to the plate to run for office. It shows your dedication and care to
our beautiful community.
Now not the time to abandon cap
I have some experience and knowledge of the issues and to that extent I wish to share some observations about this election with your readers.
I was surprised on Saturday at the all-candidates’ meeting when Kristi Wells, in response to a pointblank question from a member of the audience, said that she was in favour of lifting the bed unit cap. She described the cap as “archaic.” This was the first time I had heard in this campaign that development on this scale was on Kristi’s agenda. Her speech, delivered moments before, hadn’t come close to mentioning anything about turfing the community plan; nor had she hinted of this in any of her interviews with the media.