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McIntyre focuses on opportunities ahead

Liberal says strengthened economy will lead to benefits for all

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After the "lost decade" of the Õ90s and the "tough choices" that had to be made in the last term Joan McIntyre promised Saturday to be a "moderate voice" in a second-term Liberal government.

The May 17 provincial election doesnÕt officially get underway until the end of the month but McIntyre, the Liberal candidate in West Vancouver-Garibaldi, kicked things off with a whirlwind tour of the Sea to Sky corridor Saturday. Traveling in her hybrid SUV campaign vehicle McIntyre spoke in Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish and West Vancouver, stressing the "better, stronger economic environment" created under the Liberal government of the last four years and how good financial management will lead to benefits for all communities.

In a release, McIntyre said she wants to see "continued improvements in the healthcare, education and social services delivered to our seniors, students, families and children in West Vancouver and the Sea to Sky corridor."

Professionally, McIntyre has been interpreting public opinions for years. She co-founded the B.C. polling firm of McIntyre & Mustel Research Associates Ltd. in 1980. She sold her interest in the company in 1996 to work independently and concentrate more on the qualitative side of the research business.

"Now I want to act on that and IÕm humbled by the opportunity and responsibility," she said in Whistler.

A West Vancouver resident and Whistler condo owner, McIntyre has been part of the Liberal riding executive for 12 years, including serving as president for six years. She also spent three years on the B.C. Liberal provincial executive and was appointed to a communications advisory committee for the 2010 Olympic bid.

McIntyre succeeds MLA Ted Nebbeling as the Liberal candidate in West Vancouver-Garibaldi. Nebbeling is not seeking re-election. McIntyreÕs challengers will include Squamish resident and NDP candidate Lyle Fenton and Green Party candidate Dennis Perry, a West Vancouver resident.

Fenton is a welder steel fabricator and hospital maintenance worker. He was a Squamish municipal councillor from 1996 to 1999, is past president of the Squamish District Labour Committee and is the Squamish contact for the Council of Canadians.

The NDP constituency association will hold its nomination meeting at the Sea to Sky Hotel in Squamish on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. where Fenton will officially become the partyÕs candidate in West Vancouver-Garibaldi.

Perry is recently retired after 35 years in the investment industry, working for investment banks in Vancouver, Toronto and New York. Prior to retirement he was president of the pension fund management firm Connor, Clark & Lunn Arrowstreet Capital Ltd.

Perry campaigned for years for the preservation of the South Chilcotin wilderness area. Last year he became president of the Coalition to Save Eagleridge Bluffs, a group campaigning for a tunnel bypassing the bluffs and Horseshoe Bay, rather than an overland highway route. He stepped down as president of the Coalition to Save Eagleridge Bluffs to seek the Green Party nomination.

The Whistler Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an all-candidates meeting on Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Telus Conference Centre.

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