Coun. Adriane Carr aims to increase thresholds for fringe candidates to get names on civic ballot

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      The last Vancouver municipal ballot was a doozy.

      There were 21 candidates for mayor and 137 candidates for council, school board, and park board.

      For the second consecutive election, the council candidate with the most votes was Adriane Carr of the Vancouver Greens.

      Now, she wants the mayor and council to support a motion that she's bringing forward that might prune some of the fringe candidates off the ballot.

      Carr's motion calls for increasing the number of nominators from 25 to 200 for anyone hoping to run for mayor.

      Plus, she wants to increase the number of required nominators from 25 to 100 for anyone seeking a spot on council, park board, and school board.

      And Carr would like council to approve jacking up the deposit requirement from $100 to $150 to run for office in Vancouver.

      Not only that, Carr wants the city to bring a resolution forward to the Union of B.C. Municipalities to extend the municipal campaign period from 29 days to 80 days to give voters more time to learn more about who is running.

      The motion is on the agenda of the Tuesday (July 25) council meeting.

      Some of last year's mayoral candidates have run for the top job in previous elections, including Maynard Aubichon, Mike Hanson, Sophia Cherryse Kaur Kaiser, Tim Ly, and  Gölök Zoltán Buday.

      Buday, a philosophical libertarian, has called in the past to put an end to "political psychiatry".

      Maynard (a.k.a. Meynard) Aubichon enjoys running for mayor of Vancouver because he likes advancing issues being ignored by other candidates.

      It remains to be seen whether Carr's proposed higher thresholds would prevent them from running for mayor again.

      Under section 3 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, every citizen has the right to be qualified for membership in the House of Commons or legislative assembly, though it doesn't mention city councils because cities do not have status in the Constitution.

      "The purpose of section 3 is to protect the right of each citizen to play a meaningful role in the electoral process," the federal justice department states on its website. "Participation in the electoral process has an intrinsic value independent of its impact on the actual outcome of elections."

      The website notes that requiring candidates to pay a deposit to run has been found in court to be unjustified. However, requiring a certain number of signatures to run as a candidate has been found not to offend section 3.

      One of the more colourful candidates in the 2018 Vancouver mayoral election was Roller Girl, a.k.a. Angela Dawson, who sometimes directs traffic at busy intersections while on rollerskates.

      Others who ran as independents for Vancouver mayor in 2018 included Sean Cassidy, Ping Chan, Katy Le Rougetel, Lawrence Massey, Satie Sahota, and John Yano.


      On June 26, this motion was withdrawn from council's city finance and services committee agenda.