Joe Biden is coming to Vancouver this fall. The former U.S. vice-president and BFF to Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the Art of Leadership Conference scheduled for October 26.
Tickets are not cheap.
A seat in the first two rows costs $1,249 plus GST, the next three rows are priced at $749 a ticket, and general admission for the rest of the room goes for $499.
Biden was vice-president from 2009 to 2017 and was instrumental in the U.S. government’s response to the economic recession that dominated the Obama administration’s first term in office. Through their second term, he made headlines for strong statements in support of legislation targeting sexual assault and violence against women.
Leading up to 2016, many expected Biden to run for president and face Hillary Clinton in the Democrat primary. He ultimately decided not to run after his son, Beau, died of brain cancer in May 2015.
Looking ahead to 2020, Biden has said he will not run for president. But he has also walked back such definitive statements and appears to still be contemplating his final decision on the matter. He’ll be 75 years old this November.
The Art of Leadership Conference is happening at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Earlier this month, it was announced former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is also on her way to B.C. She’s scheduled to speak in the same building a couple of months later, on December 13, in support of her new book, What Happened.
The former secretary of state and first lady won the popular vote in 2016 by a margin of 2.87 million votes but lost the election thanks to the intricacies of the U.S. electoral college.
Clinton, who was the first female candidate nominated by a mainstream party in America, is not holding back on criticism of the Republican rival who defeated her, Donald Trump.
“I think the president and his administration pose a clear and present danger to our democracy,” she told the New Yorker for an article published on September 25.
Tickets for Hillary Clinton: Live start at $89 for general admission and go all the way up to $3,000 for a front row seat that includes a backstage meet and greet.