Photos: Politicians swarm Chinese New Year Parade in Vancouver

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      If you attended the 2014 Chinese New Year Parade in Vancouver, chances are good you received a red envelope or two (without any lucky money though) from a politician you'd never heard of.

      The annual parade attracts a herd of politicians hoping to keep their names and faces in the minds of voters, especially in a year featuring civic elections and a B.C. NDP leadership race.

      Here's my photos of some of the politicians (and a few others) who hit the streets of Chinatown today (February 2), ostensibly to celebrate the Year of the Horse.

      If you like a challenge, see how many pictured politicians you can name before looking at the photo cutlines.

      Sure, Tom Mulcair, Jason Kenney, James Moore, Christy Clark, Adrian Dix, and Gregor Robertson are easy to identify, but you might have trouble with a few park commissioners and suburban MLAs.



      Alan Layton

      Feb 2, 2014 at 8:48pm

      What a cynical article on what was a great parade. Sure there were some politicians, but there have been politicians at events since politicans were invented! We expect them to be there. They were almost invisible anyways.

      Everybody around me at the parade seemed to be having a good time and the politicians had no impact.


      Feb 2, 2014 at 11:41pm

      Honestly, the reason I go to these parades is to count the politicians. That's what makes it fun.

      minister of Industry James Moore.

      Feb 3, 2014 at 10:17am

      Either didn't get the memo to dress up in garb and pander to the vote or decided not to insult the chinese community and dressed as a white guy.



      Feb 3, 2014 at 12:31pm

      Considering there was a whole nest of these critters let loose, security was surprisingly low key and non-interfering.

      (Can we play 'Caption the Photo' with Jimmy, pleeeeze?
      Caption: "Good Lord You're not going to EAT that are you?")


      Feb 3, 2014 at 4:39pm

      I honestly cannot find words to describe how much I hate these people..all these sellout so called "politicians" need to be publically hanged for treason against the Canadian people. If you think otherwise then their Liberal propaganda worked, and now you don't believe in capital punishment. It is only the right thing to do. In any country in the world they would be at least jailed and exposed. Most of you sleepy headed canucks have NO IDEA whats happening here when it is so obvious. Have a nice day and enjoy "Sunny Vancouver: The best place in the world!" fcking insane.


      Feb 3, 2014 at 4:43pm

      These people are sellouts to the canadian people and job economy, they are just present to win rich criminal chinese votes and gain more lobbyists; which means more money for them. This is one of the sickest things i've ever seen. Is everyone psycho but me?

      Hong Kong Playa

      Feb 4, 2014 at 5:18am

      If these politicians want to celebrate Chinese New Year, they could at least put money inside the lucky envelopes. Its against tradition to give an empty envelope and is bad karma.


      Feb 4, 2014 at 11:06am

      Understandable. Lower mainland is rapidly becoming a Chinese majority of residents.

      Louie DeBorr

      Feb 4, 2014 at 6:35pm

      Constable Chip is probably the only one in the photos with brains, I trust him more than these slimeball politicians.

      Chris A

      Feb 4, 2014 at 6:38pm

      Is it me or is James Moore wearing a trenchcoat? Kind of creepy if you ask me.