NPA councillor George Affleck rips into Vision Vancouver proposal for neighbourhood liaisons

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      An upcoming motion by Vancouver councillor Andrea Reimer sounds fairly innocent.

      Going before council on Tuesday (January 19), the proposal calls for Mayor Gregor Robertson or his designate to appoint councillors to act as liaisons for the 22 planning areas of Vancouver.

      Reimer notes in her motion that the park board and the school board both have a system of "elected liaisons to schools and community centres".

      The motion states that this  still ensures that residents are able to contact all the commissioners or trustees. Similarly, Vancouver residents would still be able to contact any councillor should the motion be approved.

      "This practice is consistent with the approach currently used by Council to appoint Councillors to internal and external positions," Reimer's motion adds.

      However, NPA councillor George Affleck has accused the governing Vision Vancouver party of creating its own ward system "disguised by a more friendly term".

      "This is a sure fire way to ensure one political party or another will be able to make inroads into some of the neighbourhoods that have swing voters election to election and build on those neighbourhoods that are already a solid base of traditional supporters of one party or another," Affleck wrote on his Facebook page. "I for one cannot see myself supporting this motion."

      Affleck declared that he was elected to represent Vancouver at large and not one neighbourhood over another.

      The NPA councillor also claimed that "what Vision is planning is one of the most politically motivated moves in their 8-year reign of a city that is quickly moving, unknowingly to most, more and more to centralized power in the mayor's office".