Financial advisor Johnny Cheung has resigned as a director with the oldest municipal party of Vancouver.
Cheung is the fourth member to leave the board of the Non-Partisan Association (NPA) following the board’s decision on May 7 to disqualify councillor Hector Bremner from the party’s mayoral nomination.
Sarah Weddell, Natasha Westover, and Krissy Van Loon earlier resigned from the board.
Cheung is also a member of the Vancouver Police Board.
Reached for comment, Cheung said that his decision was not connected to Bremner’s disqualification by the NPA board.
“I left for personal reasons,” Cheung told the Georgia Straight by phone.
Bremner’s application to join the NPA’s mayoral nomination was rejected due to alleged conflicts of interest.
NPA president Gregory Baker confirmed to the Straight that Cheung has resigned from the board, describing the departure as “unfortunate”.
Baker maintained that he is focused on the NPA’s mayoral nomination to be held on June 3.
Board members aren’t the only ones leaving.
A number of individuals who previously expressed interest in seeking council nominations with the NPA have withdrawn.
They are video-game consultant Adrian Crook, educator Jorge Julian Prieto, and housing advocate Scott de Lange Boom.
In an interview with the Straight on May 10, Bremner indicated that he is not ruling out the prospect of forming a new party.
“There are thousands and thousands of people behind our movement and you can see it in the intervening days here just how strong it is and how powerful it is,” he said at the time.
On Wednesday (May 23), Bremner informed his supporters in a Facebook post that his camp is “looking into what would be required to create a new municipal political party”.
“We are also looking at other measures to make our new party inclusive and welcoming, including inviting all disenfranchised NPA members to have free membership in the new party,” Bremner wrote.