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Advance voting is underway this week for the Oct. 20 local government elections across British Columbia. 

Hong Guo

In Richmond, history will be made. Malcolm Brodie, first elected in 2001, is aiming to become the municipality’s longest-serving mayor. His main challenger, Hong Guo, wants to become Richmond’s  first female and first Chinese-born mayor. Guo, however, is facing a Law Society of B.C. professional misconduct hearing and a $13 million lawsuit over a collapsed real estate bill.

On this edition of Podcast, hear highlights of host Bob Mackin’s Oct. 2 interview with Guo. Guo’s platform includes a promise to forge closer ties between Richmond and China. The Vancouver suburb is already 60% ethnic Chinese, home to the Vancouver International Airport and a thriving hub for import/export business.

In an interview, real estate and immigration lawyer Guo made jaw-dropping statements that contradict the findings of international media and non-governmental organizations, such as “China has lots of freedom of speech” and “there is no human rights abuse in China.”

David Chen (ProVancouver)

Also on this edition, hear Mackin interview David Chen, the candidate for mayor of Vancouver with the new ProVancouver party.

Chen is a financial planner with degrees in psychology and a background that includes scuba diving, HAM radio and forklift driving. ProVancouver wants a new citywide plan that ends spot rezoning and ends foreign presales of condominiums. Chen wants a new citywide plan. Vancouver has become an unaffordable city with too many empty houses and empty retail storefronts, too little affordable housing and too little transparency at city hall.

“As a person born and raised in Vancouver, I don’t have any other home,” Chen said. “I’ve watched it change, not in very good ways.”

Plus commentaries and Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines.

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