Vancouver Greens refuse to back anyone for mayor
Not sure who to vote for Vancouver mayor?
Good luck asking the Greens. They’re not interested in the mayoral race.
For the Green Party of Vancouver, it’s all about who gets elected to council.
“Our desire is to get a council that is more diverse and representative,” Green council candidate Pete Fry told the Straight in a phone interview.
According to the graphics designer and web developer, he’d like to see councillors from Vision Vancouver, Non-Partisan Association, Coalition of Progressive Electors, and the Greens.
“That would be my ideal,” Fry said.
People who ask Fry on the campaign trail about who they should pick for mayor aren’t going to get much.
“I’m not sure that I would advise them to vote for anybody as mayor,” he said. “I would just advise that they vote for three Greens to ensure that we have voice of conscience on council.”
Fry want to see a council that is not dominated by a single party.
“That’s the kind of spirit that will bring collaboration and makes for a better system,” he said.
Fry is running alongside Cleta Brown and incumbent councillor Adriane Carr. Fry's mother is Liberal MP Hedy Fry; Brown's mother was former NDP MLA Rosemary Brown.
Last June, the Greens unanimously decided at a special general meeting not to run a mayoral candidate and not to endorse anyone for the position.
In a media statement issued at that time, party chair Jacquie Miller said: “Councillor Carr is the Greens’ natural choice for Mayor, but we all know she is not running for Mayor in 2014.”
Although Carr won’t say who she will vote for mayor in this year’s November civic election, the lone Green councillor indicated that she’s looking for a particular “style”.
“One that emphasizes collaboration, and that is willing to work with a team of people,” Carr explained. “Not a majority so-called government and minority so-called opposition members. We’re not a parliament. We are a city council elected as equals, and I think that the city would be way better off if all of us contributed, discussions happen, information was shared well in advance of decisions, and the ideas put forward by the public incorporated into those decisions.”
According to Carr, mayor Gregor Robertson of Vision “can do better” in this regard.
As for NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe, Carr noted that she has met the former media manager only once.
“He’s an unknown to me,” Carr said about LaPointe. “I’m following what he’s saying. He’s saying some good things about wanting to collaborate more with the public and have a more collaborative style. But I have not seen him in action.”