Glen Chernen promises Vancouver condo presales registry in bid to become NPA mayoral nominee

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      In the last Vancouver civic election, Glen Chernen ran as an insurgent candidate with the nascent Cedar Party, which promised "prinicipled and legitimate government to the people of Vancouver".

      Today, Chernen announced that he is going to seek the mayoral nomination from Vancouver's oldest political party, the Non-Partisan Association.

      Chernen has promised that if elected, he will push for a Vancouver presales registry to provide more transparency around real-estate purchases.

      He has also called for all Vancouver condo presales to be conducted in Vancouver.

      "Not only would I pursue implementation of these groundbreaking but simple measures if elected as mayor, but I would work every single day to find more solutions to combat our housing affordability issues that also include reducing city hall 'red tape', and permit approval times and excessive spennding by the city," Chernen said in a statement sent to the media.

      In 2014, Chernen and others associated with the Cedar Party took Mayor Gregor Robertson to B.C. Supreme Court over the city's decision to lease a building to Hootsuite.

      The petitioners alleged that Robertson was in a conflict of interest because he accepted a coffee mug sleeve, stickers, and a T-shirt during a visit to Hootsuite, but the case was dismissed in a stinging ruling.

      "I am satisfied that the petition in this case is an abuse of the Court's process on the basis that it is without foundation and can serve no useful purpose," wrote Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson in his decision.

      More recently, Chernen sought the NPA's nomination to run for council in a by-election, but the party ended up choosing Hector Bremner as its standard-bearer.

      Bremner went on to win the by-election. Last month, he told the Straight's Carlito Pablo that he's also seriously considering seeking the NPA's mayoral nomination.

      A third person interested in the nomination is Wai Young, the former Conservative MP for Vancouver South.