Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson began a debate today by issuing an apology directly to voters.
“While we’ve done a lot of good things, we’ve done very well in the past six years, there’s also things that we haven’t done particularly well, and for those in particular when I haven’t met your expectations, I am sorry,” he said.
Robertson made the comment at a CBC mayoral debate just days before the November 15 election.
“Where I’ve made mistakes, I’ll own those mistakes, and apologize and pledge myself to do better,” he added later in the debate. “And I think that’s an important leadership quality that I need to put on the table as we go to election day.”
The mayor, who is seeking reelection for a third term, also pleaded with COPE supporters to cast their votes for Vision.
“There’s so much at stake,” Robertson said as COPE mayoral candidate Meena Wong interjected. “This is an important election, and we share all the same values and ideals and it’s really important when it’s between Vision and the NPA that progressive voters ensure they vote for the progressive team that can win.”
Wong in turn asked COPE voters to stay with her party.
“If you want to vote for affordability, make sure you vote for COPE,” she stated. "And if you're a COPE supporter, stay, because we are very different from the other two parties."
Wong also concluded the debate by asking Vision supporters to "come home and support COPE".
Meanwhile, NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe contended that Robertson has been “complacent about the electorate”.
“With a few days to go, he’s awakened, and decided that he needs to do better,” he said.
The debate came on the final day of advance voting before the election. Polls around the city will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.