Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver is recommending a “strategic slate for change to reclaim democracy at City Hall”.
The group is suggesting that voters choose for mayor either Kirk LaPointe of the Non-Partisan Association or Meena Wong of the Coalition of Progressive Electors.
“We have a network that is very diverse, and there are some people that…are willing to vote the NPA strategically because they are the most likely to be able to unseat [Vision Vancouver’s] Gregor Robertson,” NSV’s steering committee member Elizabeth Murphy told the Straight by phone. “However, there are others that just wouldn’t be willing to do that. So that [endorsement of Wong] gives them also another option.”
For the 10 council seats, NSV’s list includes Lisa Barrett, Gayle Gavin, and Tim Louis of COPE; Cleta Brown, incumbent councillor Adriane Carr, and Pete Fry of the Greens; current NPA councillors George Affleck and Elizabeth Ball and hopeful Gregory Baker; and for the remaining spot, a choice between COPE’s Keith Higgins, the NPA’s Ian Robertson, and Nicholas Chernen of the Vancouver Cedar Party.
For park board, NSV has recommended incumbent NPA commissioner John Coupar, the NPA’s Casey Crawford, COPE’s Anita Romaniuk, and Stuart Mackinnon and Michael Wiebe of the Greens. NSV is also recommending four candidates for the nine-seat school board. These are Janet Fraser and Mischa Oak of the Greens, and Penny Noble and Christopher Richardson of the NPA.
“There’s been growing concern about the direction that the city’s been going in, and with Vision having had a majority now for two terms, if we want a change in direction, we have to not have that majority,” Murphy said. “The only way that that can happen is where the voting is somewhat strategic because there’s so many parties and candidates running that they would just split each other’s votes and it would again allow for a Vision victory.”