VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – With about six months to go before a new mayor is elected in Vancouver, efforts are being made to ensure the winning candidate is labour-friendly.
The key concern is vote-splitting by traditionally left-wing parties.
The president of the Vancouver and District Labour Council Stephen von Sychowski says the October 20th municipal election is a priority –considering the current Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and four city councillors are not seeking re-election and Green Party councillor Adriane Carr, who won the most votes last time, hasn’t announced if she plans to run for mayor this year.
“So while we think that public support is overwhelmingly for progressive governance in the city, that risks being unsuccessful at the ballot box because of too much division.”
Vision Vancouver selects a mayoral candidate next month and the Non-Partisan Association, which hasn’t been in power since 2008, is selecting one later this month.
Von Sychowski says he doesn’t want a repeat of last year when the NPA’s Hector Bremner won the by election to replace Vision Vancouver councillor Geoff Meggs because he was the only business-friendly candidate.
“We’re working with Vision Vancouver, we’re working with many different parties –five different organizations, actually, that we’re talking to about this election and encouraging cooperation amongst them to ensure that we don’t have a repeat of the by election of last fall. The NPA won that by election. The problem was, there were five progressive candidates that split those votes amongst them.”
He says VDLC members are meeting with possible candidates this weekend with hopes of finding some common ground and preventing too much division at the ballot box on October 20th.