Yesterday, I wrote on this blog that Vision Vancouver mayoral candidate Gregor Robertson was "not interested in commenting on the Jamie Lee Hamilton issue".
This was based on an e-mail I received from a Vision media-relations person, who used those precise words.
The NPA board denied Hamilton, a transgender sex-trade workers' advocate, a chance to seek a party nomination for park board.
This morning, however, Robertson left a message on my answering machine conveying a different perspective. He said he was busy with meetings and did not feel like commenting "on the personal issues that Jamie Lee is contending with".
"But on the larger issues of the NPA not being inclusive and democratic, I think it's abhorrent and really speaks to the kind of politics we don't need in this city any more," Robertson said. "And Vision is taking a very different approach in letting our members decide who should represent them on the ballot, and let the voters of Vancouver decide who represents them at City Hall.
"I do take real issue with the move that has happened in excluding Jamie Lee," Robertson added. "I just wanted to clarify that. It's something that is obviously a big part of our momentum in Vision, being inclusive, and I just wanted to make sure you know that. I am by no means trying to dodge a story that I think deserves real attention."
NPA councillor Suzanne Anton told the Straight in a phone interview that she would like Hamilton not to give up on politics in the future.
"I hope she will try again because we all benefit from having a variety of people and a variety of backgrounds in the political process," Anton said, adding that she has "utmost faith" in the NPA board. "They make decisions for reasons they know and I'm not going to comment on."
NPA mayoral candidate Peter Ladner's spokesperson said he wouldn't comment and recommended that the Straight seek a response from NPA president Ned Pottinger.
Pottinger told the Straight that Hamilton was not vetoed because of her gender or her past as a sex-trade worker. Pottinger refused to elaborate on the reasons why the board nixed allowing her name to go forward to the membership at a nomination meeting later this month.