In the 2011 civic election, Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson won a second three-year term in office.
If the politician branded by some critics as "Mayor Moonbeam" is victorious this November, he'll get four more years in the mayor's chair (provided he doesn't win election to another level of government before his term is up or resign for other reasons).
Today (February 25), the B.C. government announced that it plans to change the cycle of local elections from three years to four years, as in other provinces. After this fall's balloting, the next election will be scheduled for October 2018.
Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Coralee Oakes is set to introduce legislation to that effect during the current legislative session.
"My experience as a municipal councillor convinced me that to succeed in today's complex world, local governments need enough time to plan and complete projects that build strong, inclusive communities. I'm confident this change, supported by UBCM and the task force, will help local governments continue to make B.C.'s communities great places to live and work," Oakes said in a news release.
The longer terms will apply to elected mayors, councils, park boards, school boards, regional district directors, and Islands Trust trustees.
According to the release, the government's legislation will also "modernize election campaign financing rules" in time for the November election.