Local Election results
cbc.ca is probably the easiest way to find out what happened where you live in BC – or where you are interested in if you don’t.
Vancouver has seen a dramatic change. Vision and COPE together took nearly all the seats on Council plus of course the mayor’s seat and only one NPA Councillor survived (Suzanne Anton). That being said people like Michael Geller did garner a lot of votes and the list of those getting not quite enough votes has some very prominent names. The turnout was dreadful (30.39%). Robertson now says that dealing with homelessness is his first priority, and that is a Good Thing. Charlie Smith on his Georgia Straight blog has some interesting thoughts about where the NPA goes next.
Richmond sees no change at all. Nearly half the voters only seemed to want to vote only for the Mayor, which I think is very odd. Neither of the two challengers had anything useful to say – and there really was no progressive choice to make here – so I left that line undrawn on my ballot. We now have three Councillors called Halsey-Brand. Name recognition is obviously more important than party allegiance here. Kiichi Kumagai tried to make a comeback and didn’t and the only incumbent to lose her seat was Cynthia Chen. Michael Wolfe got a respectable 8000+ votes but not enough to get elected. Turnout in Richmond was only 22.38%. Which is disgraceful. I am pleased to see my old friends Grace Tsang and Debbie Tablotney back on School Board: commiserations to Mike Starchuk.
Elsewhere Lois Jackson stays on in Delta but I think Krista Engeland would have made a nice change. But Jackson polled more than all four of her oponents so she is safer there than her performance warrants. Paul Hillsdon also did well in Surrey but did not get elected. Neither did Alvin Epp out in Abbotsford, or Sonya Paterson in Langley who came close but 400 votes short. But not as heartbreaking as the loss of the Green Party’s Ben West in Electoral Area A where hardly anyone voted and he came out 10 votes short (209 to the winner Maria Harris at 219). And I am sorry to say Bernadette “No Trucking Freeway” Keenan got very little support in Surrey.
So it seems that Vancouver is more progressive now than it was but elsewhere not much different. Personalities not politics I think – but I will be reading the local papers with interest. What I thought was really odd was that two people I “follow” on Twitter asked there what had happened rather than going to a news site!