Hector Bremner challenges NPA Vancouver mayoral nominee Ken Sim to a runoff vote
There’s little doubt that Vancouver councillor Hector Bremner isn’t coming back to the Non-Partisan Association (NPA).
After his controversial disqualification from the party’s mayoral nomination, the rising young politician is on his way to lead a new civic party that is committed to fix the broken housing situation in the city.
But there’s this slimmest sliver of a possibility that Bremner may think about returning to the NPA.
He may also be disposed to run again for council, and work with Ken Sim, the businessman who won the NPA’s June 3 Vancouver mayoral nomination contest absent Bremner.
As Bremner himself puts, he’s willing to give the NPA a chance, but only if Sim and the party would provide him the same.
“If Ken [Sim] would face a runoff against us,” Bremner told the Georgia Straight by phone when asked about what may make him go back to the NPA fold.
“You know, we were unfairly excluded from the race. We want a race where our thousands of voters and our principles and policy ideas were excluded from that conversation,” he continued.
“If he [Sim] would be willing to have a runoff, that would be great. That would make me reconsider,” Bremner went on.
“And if they were willing to run on a bold plan to fix housing in Vancouver,” Bremner added. “But it seems to me at the moment that the NPA is choosing the status quo. I think it looks like they want to face the future with fear, and I say we need to face it with hope and a plan.”
From a membership of only about 100, the NPA’s ranks swelled to more than 5,000 in the leadup to the June 3 mayoral nomination.
Bremner had claimed that he had signed well over half of the NPA’s current membership.
In the June 3 nomination, Sim secured the contest with 977 votes. Park commissioner John Coupar got 602 votes, and in last place was Dunbar resident Glen Chernen with 379 votes.
Again speaking in connection with the slight prospect of working again with the NPA and Sim, Bremner said: “If he was willing to run on policies on a platform that is strong on housing and strong on fixing Vancouver, and…getting outside of the status quo and incrementalism. But you know to this point, I’ve heard nothing but status quo and incrementalism.”
Sim did not respond to a Straight request for an interview.