Premier Christy Clark will miss New West Pride
For the second time in two weeks, summer vacation will prevent Premier Christy Clark from showing up at a Pride event.
This time, she will miss the second annual New West Pride, running Thursday to Sunday (August 11 to 14).
“She’s been away,” Hector Bremner, the vice president and communications chair for the New Westminster B.C. Liberal Constituency Association, told the Straight by phone. “She was back for a couple of days and now she’s off again. She’s been pushing it really hard since before Christmas. I actually worked on her [leadership] campaign and so I know she has been burning the candle at both ends since before Christmas.”
Royal City Pride Society organizers extended Clark an invitation, Bremner confirmed. He claimed Vancouver Pride organizers did not invite Clark to the July 31 parade in downtown Vancouver, where B.C. Liberals, including the premier, pulled a no-show.
“So I think next year—obviously it was a learning exercise for everybody—and obviously the premier wants to be there in support, and I think that everybody will make sure that that happens,” Bremner said, later adding that “several B.C. Liberal MLAs” will be in attendance this weekend in New West.
The Royal City Pride Society’s president said one of the 2011 highlights is a Hills & Heels Fundraiser on Saturday starting at noon. Participants will race from Columbia Street up Sixth Street in high heels.
“They did it last year,” Andre Hall told the Straight. “It didn’t take them long. It only took about 15 minutes for them to walk up.”
Retiring New Westminster NDP MLA Dawn Black said she might take part in the walk.
“Well, I’m not sure I’ve got the stamina to climb up that hill in a pair of high heels,” Black told the Straight. “I haven’t worn high heels in an awful long time. If I could do it in sandals, I might do it, or Nikes or something like that. But, good God, that’s a test of endurance. Have you seen the hills in New Westminster?”
Black will be joined at the event by Vancouver–West End NDP MLA Spencer Chandra-Herbert.
“I’ve got friends out in New West, and they call New West ”˜the New West End’ ”, Chandra-Herbert said by phone. “So maybe I have to go check out that New West End and tell them that New West is nice but the West End is the real West End.”
Long-time Vancouver Pride Society board member Barb Snelgrove is stage MC, and the event headliner is Aussie-Canadian duo Sugarbeach.