Vancouver Municipal Election Oct 20, 2018

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Vancouver Municipal Election Oct 20, 2018
Left Turn Left Turn's picture

My hope is that there will be electoral co-operation between COPE, OneCity, and Jean Swanson (who plans to run again) in 2018, and that the left will focus on defeating the NPA rather than attacking each other, which is what happened in the by-election.

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They'd need to get the Greens onside with that, too.

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Ken Burch wrote:

They'd need to get the Greens onside with that, too.

I don't consider the Candian Green Party to be part of the left.

Case in point: The previous Vancouver School Board trustees who were fired by the province in October 2016 consisted of 4 NPA trustees, 4 Vision trustees, and one Green trustee. The Green trustee voted with the NPA trustees to make one of the NPA trustees the chiar of the board, and also voted with the NPA trustees on some other issues.

The Bc Green party ran a number of tech company CEO's as candidates in the recent provincial election, and federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May is a former Mulroney era staffer.

The main policy priority of the Green Parties in Canada is higher taxes on brown consumption -- carbon taxes, road tolls, mobility pricing ect. -- coupled with corresponding income tax cuts. Brown consumption taxes hurt lower income people the hardest; and if they actually reduce brown consumption, they also reduce government revenues.

The bigger obstacle to electoral co-operation on the left in Vancouver may be a desire on the part of OneCity to marginalize the rest of the left in Vancouver so that they can become the sole left force in Vancouver municipal politics.

JKR

I think the NPA will sweep back into power next October if Vision, the Greens, OneCity, and COPE don't all cooperate to avoid splitting the centre-left vote. And if they are in a position to do so, after the election they should implement STV for future elections.

jerrym

I agree with JKR. Although I am not a fan of the Greens or Vision, to say the least, if the centre-left does not cooperate, all that will do is guarantee a NPA victory, as happened in the byelection when the NPA's Hector Bremner won with 27.8% of the vote. It should be easier to cooperate because the parties will be campaigning for ten at-large council seats rather than fighting to win a single seat. 

 

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Vision isa not a left-wing party. It's been in power for almost a decade, during which time housing costs have spiralled out of control. Vision needs to wear it's responsibility for this crisis.

We need to stop pretending that there is more of a difference between the centre and the right in politics than there is between the centre and the left.

NorthReport

So far so good. Everyone needs to remember that no one is going to dictate all the terms of a co-operative campaign, that is, if the goal is to win control of Vancouver City Council, etc. Remember right-wing NPA's Bremner won with only 28% support.

Vancouver civic party OneCity open to collaboration with “progressive forces” in 2018 election

https://www.straight.com/news/1007481/vancouver-civic-party-onecity-open...

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This municipal election is finally showing some promise.

https://www.straight.com/news/1032126/federal-ndps-libby-davies-and-don-...

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And the former NPA canadidate  for mayor is afraid to run as he knows he will get crushed.

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Progressive forces better get their act together or else this useless clown will win with 25% support

https://www.straight.com/news/1034746/hector-bremner-confirms-he-wants-n...

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Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

NorthReport wrote:

Progressive forces better get their act together or else this useless clown will win with 25% support

https://www.straight.com/news/1034746/hector-bremner-confirms-he-wants-n...

Will he campaign in that undershirt?

NorthReport

Spare us please.

NPA draws more likely contenders to run for Vancouver mayor

 

https://www.straight.com/news/1035961/npa-draws-more-likely-contenders-r...

 

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Perhaps Patti Bacchus might want to consider running for a Vancouver Council seat in October

https://www.straight.com/news/1036466/patti-bacchus-lets-build-child-care-space-every-new-or-rebuilt-bc-school

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JKR

And maybe support STV so we no longer have to deal with the problem of vote splitting because of an unfair plurality voting system?