The names of two Vancouver councillors are being mentioned in connection with the provincial election next year.
Raymond Louie and Kerry Jang, both with the ruling Vision Vancouver party of Mayor Gregor Robertson, will make good members of the B.C. legislative assembly, according to a former colleague.
Ex-councillor George Chow cited Louie and Jang when he was reached about his own plans for the May 2017 election in the province.
“Raymond would be a good a very good candidate,” Chow told the Straight by phone. “As does Kerry Jang, you know.”
Chow was told that based on some chatter, the B.C. NDP is trying to draft Louie as its candidate in Vancouver-Fraserview.
“That’s what I kind of heard too, when you know people mention it, and then I say certainly that’s a good choice,” Chow said.
Vancouver-Fraserview is currently held by B.C. Liberal MLA and Justice Minister Suzanne Anton. She is a former Vancouver city councillor.
Chow is familiar with the electoral district. He sought the B.C. NDP nomination in Vancouver-Fraserview for the 2013 election, and lost to Gabriel Yiu, a media commentator and businessman. Anton prevailed over Yiu.
Yiu isn’t likely to run again in Vancouver-Fraserview.
According to Chow, Louie and Jang will also be good candidates in Vancouver-False Creek, which is held by B.C. Liberal MLA Sam Sullivan, a former city mayor.
Federal Liberals and New Democrats courted Louie to run under their parties' banners in the last national election.
In the 2011 federal election, Louie endorsed Ujjal Dosanjh, then the Liberal incumbent in Vancouver South.
Louie, who had expressed interest to become Vancouver mayor in the past, did not respond to a Straight request for comment.
In 2011, Jang disclosed that the B.C. NDP and “other parties” were encouraging him to run provincially.
When asked in a new interview if New Democrats are talking to him about 2017, Jang jokingly told the Straight by phone that the B.C. NDP is always asking him for favours.
Going back to Chow, the former Vancouver councillor ran in 2013 with the B.C. NDP in Vancouver-Langara, and lost to Moira Stilwell of the B.C. Liberals. Stilwell will not seek another term next year.
Chow hasn’t made up his mind about running again. He is currently a member of a task force that will advise the federal government about the legalization of marijuana.
According to Chow, he will do some hard thinking sometime in the fall after the task force submits its report.
“To me, it’s still a possibility,” Chow said about the chances of him running again.
It may not be with Vancouver-Langara again for the ex-councillor. According to him, it could be another electoral district.
“If there are younger more qualified people, I think, yeah, I would actually encourage them to take part,” Chow said.