Wade Grant appears to be another odd man out after NPA announces its slate of council candidates

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      The biggest Vancouver political story of the day is the NPA's list of council candidates.

      There are nine people running alongside mayoral candidate Ken Sim as the party sets out to recapture control of council for the first time since 2005.

      Three have previous elected experience: Coun. Melissa De Genova, park commissioner Sarah Kirby-Yung, and school trustee Lisa Dominato. Others have backgrounds in business.

      But what's surprising is that not a single one of the NPA's council candidates is of Chinese ancestry.

      It means that the party won't have a Mandarin-speaking council candidate—and the mayoral nominee, Ken Sim, also doesn't speak this language. Sim was born in Vancouver to parents who migrated from Hong Kong.

      For some unexplained reason, the NPA didn't nominate Wade Grant, who has Chinese ancestry. He's a former Vancouver police board member and a former Musqueam council member whose family lineage includes Chinese pioneers.

      Grant created a website earlier this year in which he says he's seeking a nomination for council. The colours on the website (see above) are similar to the colours the NPA was using earlier this year.

      With his Musqueam heritage, Grant might have helped the NPA counter Vision Vancouver's attempt to lock up First Nations support by running Indigenous mayoral candidate Ian Campbell.

      But Grant is not on the NPA list. And because the party is not holding a nomination meeting for council candidates, it doesn't matter how many supporters he might have recruited to back his campaign.

      He's not the only prominent name who wasn't nominated. Former NPA candidate Rob McDowell also wasn't greenlighted by the NPA board of directors. And he, unlike ever NPA council candidate, speaks fluent Mandarin, dating back to his days as a diplomat.

      Whether this makes any difference in the election won't be known until October 20.

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