NPA councillor Hector Bremner and friends launch new Yes Vancouver Party

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      It looks like the schism within the Vancouver NPA isn't going to be papered over before the October 20 election.

      That's because NPA councillor Hector Bremner has announced on the Let's Fix Housing Facebook page that a new party has been created with a board of directors, constitution, and bylaws.

      It's called the Yes Vancouver Party.

      "This is just the beginning," Bremner wrote.

      The public-relations executive wanted to seek the NPA mayoral nomination but his candidacy was vetoed by the board for undisclosed reasons.

      The Yes Vancouver Party's board of directors are EcoCentury Technologies president Kerry Gibson, Musqueam councillor Howard Grant, Molnar Group managing director Dak Molnar, consultant Eugene Hodgson, lawyer and former Tsleil-Waututh chief Leah George-Wilson, entrepreneur Ricky Chibber, communications consultant Tim Crowhurst, public relations executive Jocelyn Wong Wilson, and tech industry veteran Daniel Yoo.

      Bremner hasn't yet announced his candidacy for mayor, but the creation of a new party makes this far more likely.

      It comes in the wake of NPA mayoral candidate Ken Sim launching his party's "It's Your Vancouver" campaign.

      NPA councillor George Affleck is not running for reelection, but he's urged party members to get behind Sim's candidacy.

      The two other NPA councillors, Melissa De Genova and Elizabeth Ball, have not been nearly as vocal, though Ball retweeted a message from park commissioner Sarah Kirby-Yung about Sim leading the NPA team.

      If De Genova joins Bremner's slate and Ball retires after three terms, Sim won't have a single incumbent NPA councillor on his slate.

      Bremner and De Genova have been council's most vocal advocates for addressing the housing shortage with more densification and a greater supply of homes.

      Since winning a by-election in October, Bremner has also advocated for developing housing on underutilized city-owned sites.