It takes a village to raise a panic
Pete McMartin did a really good job for the NPA yesterday in deflating the rhetoric around the proposed loan for the Olympic Village. Because, of course, all that is really going on is an election and Vision needed a story to deflect attention from the shock and horror of Gregor Robertson’s SkyTrain ticket. Which was also not the end of civilisation as we know it, but a rather tawdry stunt by NPA supporters.
So in terms of election coverage I think both parties came out even, but I imagine the only impact any of this made is to increase (if that is possible) the level of cynicism about local politics. Neither story will have changed the minds of committed voters, and the turn out I expect will be as dismal as usual – or maybe worse.
COPE’s effort to get noticed – the free bus service I told you about on Friday – seems to have been ignored so far. At least by the Asper conglomerate. Dave Fields tells me that people yesterday using the service received it quite well. I expect a lot of them already had transfers and passes in their pockets but “free” does get noticed.