The race for Premier Gordon Campbell’s seat in Vancouver-Point Grey has gotten a lot more titillating.
John Ince, leader of the Sex Party, has announced he will challenge Campbell in the riding, which encompasses UBC, West Point Grey, and Kitsilano.
Ince, a sex-positive lawyer and owner of the Art of Loving, told the Straight he doesn’t expect to win in the May election.
He hopes to use all-candidates meetings and campaign events—especially on the UBC campus—to draw attention to the approach of combatting environmental degradation through a more open cultural attitude toward sexuality.
“There’s no special taking-on of the premier,” Ince said. “We’re respectful of the political process....I’d love to participate in an all-candidates meeting with the premier, though.”
Ince explained that “intimacy deficit disorder”, or a lack of sexual and nonsexual touching between people, disconnects us from each other and allows us to do terrible things to other beings and the planet. The deficit results, he said, “in a frantic search for alternative gratification, consumerism, trying to replace touch with status, toys, and things”.
The Sex Party has announced three candidates so far, including Ince.
Running in Vancouver-Burrard, former exotic dancer Scarlett Lake is an advocate for the decriminalization of sex work. Lake describes herself as a "madam".
In Vancouver-Hastings, Dietrich Pajonk runs a company that sells “ethically sourced sexual health products”.
In the past, according to Ince, the party fielded more candidates, only to discover close to an election that some treated their candidacy as a joke.
“They would say they’re running for the Sex Party, ha ha ha, and ”˜Do you want to come to my sex party?’”
This time, he said, the party is being more careful about who it endorses, because its issues are serious.
In an all-candidates meeting, Ince would like to ask Campbell to comment on a liquor-licensing rule that doesn’t allow alcohol to be served where there is sexual touching—the party filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court on this topic in 2005.
For the Sex Party, that means party fundraisers must be booze-free—a major loss of potential revenue, and one the other parties do not have to contend with, he said.
Ince noted that liquor may be served where there’s violence, such as a boxing match, but not where there’s a healthy display of sexuality.
Ince said that younger people, including university students, are more likely than their elders to treat sexuality as a serious topic worthy of political debate.