What was initially promised as a competitive selection of federal Liberal candidates for nomination isn’t going to happen in Vancouver Kingsway.
The same thing occurred in Vancouver South and Vancouver Granville amid grumblings in those ridings about favouritism by party brass. These appear to contradict Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s promise of open nominations across Canada.
Mary Pynenburg has dropped out of the race in Vancouver Kingsway, leaving only one contestant, who will be acclaimed on March 12. Shaun Govender, executive director of the Liberal Party in B.C., identified the remaining candidate as Steven Kou.
Pynenburg, who’s president of the National Women’s Liberal Commission, declined to offer a reason for her decision. “It’s an internal party process,” Pynenburg told the Straight in a phone interview on March 3. “I have no comment.”
John Bolduc Arthur started signing up Liberal members in Vancouver Kingsway in the fall of 2013. Last summer, the former military intelligence officer who served in Afghanistan folded up his campaign. “We didn’t have enough momentum to win,” Arthur told the Straight by phone.
Govender told the Straight by phone that Kou’s background will be made available after he has been named as the party’s candidate.