The returns are in and some of the 2014 local election campaign spending in B.C. isn't pretty. How the parties spent their moolah also says something about their campaign approach.
Anyone who construed Robertson's margin of victory over Kirk LaPointe and his council majority as a decisive win needs to look under the hood to appreciate how the wheels just about fell off the Vision Vancouver election machine.
With a four-year term, municipal officials will have more time to accomplish long-term goals and offer solid political leadership during the approval and construction of major infrastructure projects such as rapid transit lines.
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It has become clear to me that public opinion has swung hard against Gregor Robertson's team. If their opponents could match Vision's base of volunteers and manpower provided by labour groups, it is most likely there would be a change in government. Alas, that is a big "if."
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Coters have been asking me, "What can one councillor do at Vancouver City Hall? How can you make a difference?" I am, after all, the lone candidate for a new party called OneCity -- or "One Dude" as a Province columnist put it -- in Saturday's municipal election. But I'm not lonely. I have a lot of good people backing my candidacy and this wider movement for positive change in Vancouver.
If anybody can operate pipelines and oil tankers, Canadians can. Proof of this is the track record of the Port of Vancouver which has operated safely with no major oil spills in more than 100 years. Voting for Gregor Robertson means voting to support a foreign-funded campaign that is keeping Canada over a barrel and costing our country billions.
Vision has squandered a great deal of the public confidence that returned it to power in 2011, and it's lost a good deal of mine. My recommendation, given an overall review of needed skill set and policy, is for a Vision-led minority government with a substantially empowered NPA and Green opposition.
To be a candidate who actually gets elected, I also have to be unique. As far as I know, I'm the only candidate that's marketing by getting matches on the dating apps Tinder, Grindr, and Scruff. I figure these are some of the best places to meet people these days. I go where my peers are and use the technology designed to connect us.
As a COPE candidate, Audrey Siegl is running in this week's municipal election. If she wins, Siegl will be the first woman of indigenous ancestry to take a seat at Vancouver city hall.
Considering that local councils in B.C. spend more than $8 billion a year of our money, it's a bit of a paradox that most voters -- if it's anything like last time -- will find something else to do this Saturday. In 2011, some communities saw turnouts of less than 30 per cent. In Vancouver, 34.6 per cent of voters cast a ballot. So maybe it's time to spark some inter-provincial rivalry for bragging rights.