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Whistler awaits Vancouver plebiscite on Games

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That is one strong reason why the bid corp. has put significant resources into the Yes campaign.

Spokesman Sam Corea said $350,000 has been contributed to the Yes campaign by the bid corp. The money is part of its $34 million budget.

The bid corp. has also allocated in-kind media time to support of the Yes vote. Ads to encourage people to vote yes have appeared on TV, radio and in newspapers.

David Podmore, leader of the Yes Committee has raised another $350,000.

The No side’s budget so far is $1,200 and is run by volunteers.

Local businessman Van Powel, who runs a Web site aimed at educating Whistler and others on the Games (www.whistlerolympicinfo.com), welcomes the plebiscite.

"The only unfortunate thing about this is that all British Columbians didn’t get to vote in a plebiscite, since it is all British Columbians who will pay for this thing," said Powel.

But he believes Vancouverites understand the weight of their task.

"(They) realize that they are voting for the rest of B.C. as well, whatever way they vote," said Powel adding that he is excited at the level of debate the plebiscite has engendered.

"I think as people have found out more information they have taken a second sober look," said Powel.

"To some degree I feel that is a little bit of a feeling of entitlement involved.

"I sense that here and I sense that in Vancouver. Well, we deserve the highway upgrade and we deserve the land bank and we deserve the luge run.

"Well, people in other places in B.C. deserve their hospital and their women’s shelter and they deserve their schools.

"We don’t work any harder than they do so at some point it does become a question of morals."