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“About 80 people came, including a couple of councillors. It was an excellent discussion and people felt good,” said Wells.

“I would also like to point out that there was a Home Builders meeting with pizza and beer that Brian attended.”

Melamed said Walker’s statement that he too was taking action against Wells’s campaign was not true.

“I think this is close to the line, but I do not think there is any vote buying going on,” said Melamed.

Throughout the debate, Kolvek stressed his message that Whistler is facing tough times and needs to work together.

The owner and operator of Esquires Coffee House said the municipality needs to be more fiscally responsible and transparent. In particular Kolvek asked Melamed about his increase in wages from 2005 to 2008.

The current council voted themselves raises early in their term because they felt they were underpaid and the level of pay was keeping some talented people from running for council.

Mayor candidate Jag Bhandari, who is also running for council in Surrey, did not attend.