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HomeMiscellanyUnlikely deep pockets and strange bedfellows vie for by-election votes

Unlikely deep pockets and strange bedfellows vie for by-election votes


Bob Mackin

Meet Joy Alexander, one of the fired Vision Vancouver school board trustees running for a comeback in the Oct. 14 by-election. 

Alexander is the wealthiest of several candidates from Vancouver’s “greener than thou,” anti-pipelines and anti-tankers party who enjoys income from fossil fuel investments. 

One-percenter Alexander’s statement of disclosure is like no other for any candidate in this by-election. 

Alexander (Facebook)

It includes a seven-page portfolio valuation summary from Cypress Capital Management, her $86,910 Vision donor husband Dean’s investment firm. The Sept. 5 statement lists investments in oil and gas, resources and real estate trusts.

Alexander’s total accrued income? $6,000,359.67. Annual income? $132,299.50.

But it doesn’t stop there. 

Alexander is listed as the first owner on title for a $7.624 million-assessed West Point Grey house with five bedrooms and four bathrooms. 

On paper, the retired teacher is Vision’s $13.6 million woman. 

Fellow candidate Allan Wong lists shares in Cameco (uranium), Canfor (lumber), Canopy Growth (marijuana), Suncor Energy (tar sands oil) and Barrick Gold.

Mike (Michele) Lombardi was the chair when the BC Liberals fired the board last year. His investments include the Li Ka-shing-controlled Husky Energy (tar sands oil) and Encana Corp. (oil and gas). 

Meanwhile, COPE candidate Diana Day’s nomination papers include endorsement from a pair of unlikely fellas: NPA opponents Rob McDowell and Christopher Richardson. Day’s name, however, is not on McDowell or Richardson’s papers. 

NPA has long been a coalition of Conservatives and Liberals, but the party is becoming a place of refuge for out-of-power BC Liberals. Ex-Christy Clark husband Mark Marissen is the mastermind of former Rich Coleman aide Hector Bremner’s campaign for city council. 

Nomination papers for NPA candidates include signatures of: BC Liberal executive director Emile Scheffel, former Gordon Campbell aides Dale Steeves and Tom Syer, Telus lobbyist and failed 2017 candidate Kim Chan Logan and hubby Max, the ex-Port Mann Bridge tolling vice-president, ex-BC Young Liberals vice-president Margareta Dovgal, former BC Liberal ministerial aide Marissa Chan-Kent, and Sarah Weddell, the NPA president who was field operations manager in 2001, ran George Abbott’s leadership campaign in 2011 and now a vice-president of the Hill and Knowlton lobbying firm.