A whirlwind week in Vancouver politics, with 22 weeks until the civic election.
While lame duck Mayor Gregor Robertson was on yet another junket to a globalist conference (in New York, again), there was disruption on the right and on the left.
To start the week: NPA Coun. Hector Bremner’s application to run in the party’s May 29 mayoral primary was rejected by the party board of directors. Bremner, a lobbyist, is under investigation by city hall over conflict of interest allegations. Bremner and his supporters — mainly BC Liberals from Christy Clark’s campaigns — lashed out at the board, which includes supporters of rival Glen Chernen. Bremner even played the race card. NPA president Gregory Baker called that false and defamatory.
To end the week: Burnaby NDP MP Kennedy Stewart threw his hat in the ring, but as an independent, just days after Vancouver labour unions held meetings in a bid to unite the left. In early April, ex-Vision Vancouver director Shauna Sylvester began her independent campaign.
Vision has decided to nominate a mayoral candidate after all, but is the brand too hot to handle? Housing and affordability remain the top two issues that could motivate an angry electorate to line-up at the polls on Oct. 20 to wipe-out the remnants of Vision.
theBreaker.news Podcast host Bob Mackin sat down with pollster Mario Canseco of Research Co. at Mahony and Sons False Creek to discuss the results of his latest survey. Canseco found Coun. Adriane Carr of the Green Party is seen by 35% of respondents as a “good choice” for mayor. Vision Coun. Raymond Louie was next at 19%.
Canseco analyzes the trends and offers his predictions for the weeks to come in what is beginning to be an intriguing race on several fronts.
Plus commentaries and a scan of Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines.
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