NPA campaigns on bringing “common sense” back to Vancouver city hall
On a recent morning, a neatly dressed gentleman was quietly handing out flyers at an East Vancouver SkyTrain station.
The papers could have been for about just anything, but it turned out that person was Francis Wong, vice president of the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area Society.
Wong is a candidate for city council with the Non-Partisan Association, and he was distributing campaign material for the right-of-centre party.
The flyer’s message was very simple.
It starts by saying that with all the “wacky ‘greenwashing’ gimmicks” of the current Vision Vancouver administration of Mayor Gregor Robertson, such as backyard chickens and growing of wheat on front lawns, “there’s something missing at City Hall”.
“It’s called common sense,” the flyer reads. “It’s the kind of common sense that your NPA team wants to bring back to City Council, Park Board and School Board on November 19. The same common sense that respects your tax dollars and values your priorities as we work to build a better Vancouver for everyone.”
It refers to the NPA team of the party’s mayoral aspirant Suzanne Anton as the “Common Sense Team”.
It remains to be seen whether or not the NPA’s messaging on the theme of common sense will catch on among voters.
The NPA sounds confident it will. The flyer’s message concludes: “Like you, and more and more Vancouverites, we know it’s time for some common sense.”