Gregor Robertson not seeking B.C. NDP leadership, Vision executive director confirms

Vancouver mayorGregor Robertson is much admired by Bob Simpson, the NDP MLA whose expulsion from the caucus in October forms part of the chain of critical events that led to the resignation today (December 6) of Carole James as party leader.

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Should Gregor Robertson run for the leadership of the B.C. NDP?

Yes 39%
65 votes
No 61%
101 votes

But those wishing to see Robertson riding to the rescue of the deeply divided party will be disappointed, according to the executive director of the mayor’s Vision Vancouver party.

“All I can say really is he’s been very clear to Vision,” Ian Baillie told the Straight about Robertson. “He’s running for mayor. He stated that on many different occasions. He plans to run again for mayor.”

The NDP may choose a new leader in early 2011. The next municipal election is set for November of next year.

Baillie said that he’s amused but not surprised that many have been asking him whether or not Robertson is going back to provincial politics.

“I think clearly he’s a very well-liked figure,” the Vision executive director said. “He’s perceived to have done a really good job. When you have that sort of qualities in a potential candidate, people naturally want to go out and recruit that candidate.”

A former NDP MLA, Robertson was elected mayor of Vancouver in November 2008.

“No, it’s not surprising for me at all that people would want him to run but it’s becoming a little bit more surprising because he’s stated several times that he’s planning to run for mayor,” Baillie added.

Robertson issued a statement today in response to James's resignation.

"I want to thank Carole James for her service and dedication to our province. As Opposition Leader, she was a tireless and passionate advocate for the people of BC. In the partisan and often gruelling world of provincial politics, she carried herself with dignity. Carole brought a thoughtful, more respectful tone to provincial politics and I wish her all the best in her next endeavours," Robertson stated.

“As Mayor, I look forward to continuing to work with all members of the legislature to ensure we get results for Vancouver on issues like affordable housing, transit, public safety, and the economy."

In a separate phone interview, Bill Saunders, president of the Vancouver and District Labour Council, said a new NDP leader should be able to unify the group that supported James and the one that called on her to step down.

“The person, whoever he or she may be, has to be widely acceptable to both groups,” Saunders told the Straight.

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Ken Lawson
You have to be nuts, did Vision Vancouver give you this idea, he is not even a good candidate for mayor of Vancouver, will not be re-elected.
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R U Kiddingme
Very good, Mayor McBikelane. It would be unseemly if you appeared to be interested. However, don't make us coax you indefinitely. If you were drafted at the convention, deign to show up!
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glen p robbins
Gregor has pretty good numbers - if Christy is bold enough to make a run for it, with education issues swirling in Vancouver, Gregor can run against Christy - and she has a mountain to climb.

Just push the rocks downhill.
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Ad nauseum
No more bike lanes until Vancouver brings back licensing, and ticketing for cyclists!

Bikes aren't bad, they're just ridden that way, sometimes.
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Kerrisdale
I'm confident that Gregor Robertson would do as good a job ignoring the citizens of BC has he has the citizens of Vancouver.

Incidently, does anyone still have illusions that this guy is popular?
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Happy planet boy can go....
I hope the NDP takes him. Let him destroy another political party and get him out of Vancouver at the same time. Two birds with one stone.
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Chairman Gregor has got to go....
Are you kidding me? He isn't fit to be Mayor let alone Premier. This guy has spent $800K on new carpets and $200K for renos to his office, when property taxes continue to skyrocket. Never mind the $130K for him to fly to China and complain about Democracy repeatedly. The worst part is American Millionaires paid several hundred thousand into his compaign war chests. Disgusting. He doesn't listen to the taxpayers, and he won't get my vote, my friends votes, or my families votes.
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bought and paid for media
Why did the Toad's Gregor smear campaign begin a few months back again?
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Jason
It's universal....no one wants Gregor - not the citizens of Vancouver, and not the NDP.

Let's vote this turkey out of office. I'm sure there's a job waiting for him in the Tides office in the USA.

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Petey J
bike lanes, moustaches & cooking turds to heat the village
who has the time ?
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Gregor's gone after 2010.... regardless
I could care less what Mayor Moonbeam does at this point. Either way it looks as though we've (FINALLY) seen the last of him once his term is up.
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NPA '(@#*&)-ing' Hack
Call me an NPA '(@#*&)-ing' Hack, but Juicy Boy is the worst mayor this city has ever seen. Period. Go fly away on your Unicorn, Gregor, off to the land of chicken farms, bike lanes, and rainbow-filled gardens on every corner. Leave the politics to the Pros.
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