Former council candidate Sean Bickerton quits the NPA
If you’ve noticed that Sean Bickerton hasn’t been hanging out with the Non-Partisan Association lately, you might be wondering why.
After all, the genial arts advocate used to have a big presence in the Vancouver civic party. He was its vice president, chair of its outreach committee, and a candidate for council in the 2008 and 2011 municipal elections.
It turns out that Bickerton quietly left the party sometime in December.
The Straight reached Bickerton by phone days before the B.C. Liberal Party staged nomination meetings featuring two former NPA politicians as candidates: ex-mayor Sam Sullivan and ex-councillor Suzanne Anton.
Bickerton endorsed Sullivan, who won the nomination on February 20 to represent the B.C. Liberals in Vancouver-False Creek.
However, Bickerton backed former B.C. Liberal president Andrew Wilkinson, who defeated Anton in the February 17 nomination in Vancouver-Quilchena.
“I’m no longer with the NPA,” Bickerton said.
After the last election, Bickerton criticized the negative campaign waged by the NPA. Looking forward, he believes that the party has a lot to things to mend.
“I believe their challenge is that in the last election, they alienated environmentalists, people who believe in urban agriculture, cyclists, and constituencies that were traditionally part of our broad tent,” Bickerton said.