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Vancouver Park Board commissioner nominated as NPA's mayoral candidate

Last Updated Apr 5, 2021 at 9:47 am PDT

John Coupar (CityNews)

John Coupar has served as a Vancouver Park Board commissioner for three consecutive terms

NPA says 'ineffectual, ideological leadership' of current Vancouver mayor led to tax increases, worsening homelessness

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver’s Non-Partisan Association has nominated John Coupar as its mayoral candidate for the 2022 civic election.

According to the NPA, the long-time Vancouver Park Board commissioner “represents the best of Vancouver.”

“He understands the critical importance of our businesses and livelihoods and can balance that deep understanding with the environmental and livability concerns we all have,” said NPA President David Mawhinney.

Coupar has served as a park board commissioner in the city for three consecutive terms. The party says he’s been a leader in Vancouver throughout that time, and points to his background in business and managing the city’s parks and environment as reasons for its decision.

The NPA places blame on what it calls the “ineffectual, ideological leadership” of current Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, which it says has resulted in tax increases, a worsening homelessness crisis, and city finance issues.

“I look forward to putting the future of Vancouver back into the hands of Vancouver residents. I look forward to delivering pragmatic solutions which actually benefit and make the lives of Vancouverites better. A bright future,” said Coupar.

Coupar is known, in part, for his efforts to keep and champion the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park.