Vancouver councillor Geoff Meggs not jumping into B.C. NDP leadership race
Geoff Meggs is having fun as a Vancouver councillor.
He’s not about to be distracted by such things as running for leader of the B.C. NDP.
It’s not that this party insider hasn’t been asked.
“Very kind people have said I should think about it,” Meggs told the Straight by phone.
But he told them no.
“I’m having a good time at council,” Meggs said on Thursday (February 6).
That was the same day that Burnaby-Douglas MP Kennedy Stewart declared that he’s not entering the provincial party’s leadership race in the fall.
Stewart is the last of the NDP MPs who have contemplated running for the post to be vacated by Adrian Dix.
Meggs has a deep and long association with the B.C. NDP.
He was the communications director in the office of then New Democrat premier Glen Clark during the 1990s.
Meggs worked with Dix, who was then Clark’s principal secretary. He was there when the casino licence scandal brought down the Clark government. He was there when Dix was caught having backdated a memo to protect Clark.
Meggs’s wife Jan O’Brien was the provincial secretary of the B.C. NDP going into last year’s provincial election that the Dix-led party lost.
In 2012, Meggs—who was elected in November 2011 to a second term on Vancouver council—sought the party’s nomination in Vancouver-Fairview. He lost to current MLA George Heyman.
In the interview, Meggs let on that some people actually have “for years” been asking him to go for the leadership of the B.C. NDP.
Perhaps another time.
Meggs said: “I’m certainly not going for the B.C. NDP at this stage in my life, but I guess no one ever says never.”