The West End penthouse where Vancouver mayoral candidate Hector Bremner held a fundraising party on Aug. 1 is for sale.
Assessed last year at $9.238 million, suite 3101 at Emerald West on Jervis Street was listed last week for $20.5 million by agents John Zhou, Fan Yang and Morning Yu of LeHomes Realty First, the former Marpole office of New Coast Realty.
The five-bedroom, eight-bathroom, 8,570 square foot penthouse on two storeys boasts 1,500 square feet of open and enclosed terraces and a 360-degree view of the city, from English Bay to the North Shore mountains.
Property records show it is registered to Rally Management Services Ltd. at a Vanderhoof post office box. Company director Brian Fehr is also the chairman of Prince George-based construction and materials company BID Group.
Bremner, a failed BC Liberal candidate and former aide to ex-Deputy Premier Rich Coleman, is a full-time vice-president at lobbying and public relations company Pace Group and a part-time city councillor elected last fall under the NPA banner. Bremner started his own party after the NPA board rejected his bid for the party’s mayoral nomination following conflict of interest allegations related to his lobbying. Critics accuse him of being too friendly with developers who are seeking fast-track approval to build more condos.
Bremner sold tickets to raise funds for his fledgling Yes Vancouver party at $50 each for an event that was billed “Let’s Give Them the Pink Slip.” Guests sipped, nibbled and watched Sweden’s Unique Pyrotechnic compete in the Celebration of Light fireworks festival. Earlier on Aug. 1, the Registrar of Lobbyists revealed that Bremner has been fined $2,000 for failing to disclose his job in the BC Liberal government. But the penalty was overturned on a technicality.
“I am not really political and don’t talk much about it, but Hector is a longtime friend who I am always willing to support,” Fehr said in an email to theBreaker.
Just before B.C. Day weekend, Fehr was named to the 2018 class of the Order of B.C.
A profile in the Prince George Daily News said Fehr built a billion-dollar company with 1,800 employees in North America, despite having only a Grade 12 education and overcoming an alcohol and drug addiction in his late 30s. He supports the Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community and is a director of the Northern Interior Health Board.
Fehr will receive the Order of B.C. with 13 others on Sept. 20 at Government House in Victoria.
The Elections BC database says Fehr donated $157,985 to the BC Liberals since 2005, including $30,000 to Andrew Wilkinson’s winning leadership campaign. In 2012, Fehr donated $58,500 to the NDP.
In 2013, the National Post reported that Fehr had proposed additional private investment to keep the BC Liberal government’s troubled Wood Innovation and Design Centre project alive in Prince George. Area MLA and Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Minister Pat Bell, however, reneged on a promise to include Fehr’s company on the shortlist to build the so-called plyscraper. Then-Premier Christy Clark claimed civil servants, not politicians, were involved in procurement.
But, in an interview with then-media commentator Alex G. Tsakumis, Fehr said that he had met in 2012 with Clark to discuss the project.
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