David Eby says changes in store for Vancouver–Point Grey constituency office
The rookie MLA who unseated Christy Clark says his Vancouver–Point Grey constituents are getting something good in return for booting out the B.C. Liberal premier last May.
“One of the major downsides and challenges of having a sitting premier as your MLA is accessibility,” the B.C. NDP’s David Eby told the Straight in a phone interview.
Starting with Gordon Campbell in 2001, the constituency has been represented by premiers from the B.C. Liberal party. According to Eby, that has generally meant locked doors and residents not having an easy way to directly interact with their representative.
Eby, the first New Democrat MLA in Vancouver–Point Grey since the election of Darlene Marzari in 1991, says he will be changing how the district’s constituency office is operated.
According to Eby, it will be a community space where people can come and host events. “The way we’re structuring the office is unlike any constituency office that I’ve seen anyway,” he explained.
Since his election on May 14 this year, Eby has been temporarily holding court at the B.C. NDP’s caucus office in downtown Vancouver and at home. He is setting up a West Broadway constituency office and will host a soft opening sometime this September.
“It’s been a long time since the NDP had an MLA in Vancouver–Point Grey, and people are glad to see me,” Eby said.
Eby’s star is rising, with his name being mentioned as among those who should vie to become the next B.C. NDP leader. Current leader Adrian Dix is expected to make an announcement about his plans in the next several days.