The Straight today (July 18) asked representatives of civic parties in Vancouver about Mayor Gregor Robertson’s separation from his wife Amy.
There were two questions asked on the line. Is their party going to comment on the matter? And if the topic is brought up during the election campaign, will they continue to keep their hands off it?
“On this one, I will not be weighing in with a public comment,” Green councillor Adriane Carr said.
Whether or not it will be brought up during the campaign is up to Robertson’s Vision Vancouver and the Non-Partisan Association, according to Carr.
Previously, Vision accused the NPA of undertaking a smear campaign against Robertson, a charge denied by the NPA vice president Rob MacDonald.
“It’s already come up—hasn’t it?—between the NPA and Vision. I expect that, you know, I mean, maybe they’ll continue to bring it up. Maybe they won’t. But that will definitely be the choice of the NPA and Vision,” Carr said.
If it does surface again during the campaign, Carr said that the Greens are not going to touch it: “I really feel strongly this is a personal matter.”
Sean Antrim, executive director of the Coalition of Progressive Electors, said: “People’s private lives should be kept private.”
Antrim also said: “I hope that the election is about issues like housing.”
According to Antrim, COPE will not touch the issue if it is brought up again during the campaign.
Glen Chernen is the mayoral candidate of the Cedar Party, and he doesn’t think it’s his business to talk about Robertson’s marital woes.
“I’m sure somebody will bring it up but it won’t be me,” Chernen said of the matter.
Chernen added: “It really doesn’t interest us at all.”