With Jenny Kwan off to Ottawa, Vancouver-Mount Pleasant waits for new MLA

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      Last August, Gail Yvonne Sparrow ruminated about taking another stab at Vancouver-Mount Pleasant.

      In 2001, the former Musqueam Nation chief ran for the B.C. Liberals in this provincial constituency, and delivered a decent challenge to Jenny Kwan of the B.C. NDP.

      Kwan stepped down as MLA on July 8 this year so she could run for the federal NDP in Vancouver East in the October 19 election, which she won.

      So back in August, Sparrow told the Straight by phone that she’s thinking of representing the B.C. Liberal party again: “I did come in close, and I know I could do a good job.”

      This month, she was asked about her plans, and it turns out that she’s going to take a pass.

      According to Sparrow, she gave it a thought and decided it’s not a good proposition to take on the NDP stronghold.

      “It’s going to take a miracle to win it,” Sparrow told the Straight in a new phone interview.

      B.C. Liberal Premier Christy Clark has until January 2016 to call a by-election in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant.

      In April this year, provincial Greens nominated Pete Fry as their candidate in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant. About three months later, B.C. New Democrats picked Melanie Mark.

      “We haven’t had an MLA since July, and that’s certainly one of the things that’s resonating with people on the doorstep,” Fry told the Straight in a recent phone interview.

      Fry hasn’t heard about who the B.C. Liberals will run.

      Meantime, the long-time Mount Pleasant resident continues to reach out to voters. Fry said: “I’ve been speaking to a lot of people and getting a lot of support, definitely feeling that there’s a keen interest in my campaign. And my track record in working in the community has been reflected in that sort of response.”