Mayor Gregor Robertson issued the following statement after the NPA's Hector Bremner won the council by-election and Vision Vancouver's candidate, Diego Cardona, came fifth:
"I want to congratulate Hector Bremner on his election to city council, and for running a campaign focused on ideas about affordable housing, the biggest challenge we face as a city.
"Tonight’s results are not what our team hoped for. We knew this by-election would be difficult. Our city faces real challenges. Vancouverites are frustrated—particularly around housing affordability—and they expect more from us. We’re working hard to deliver solutions, but tonight’s results show us there’s much more work to do. I heard that message loud and clear, and our party heard that message loud and clear.
"Diego Cardona is an impressive individual, and we were honoured to have him as a candidate. He embodies the values of Vancouverites: progressive, forward-looking, and committed to building a city for everyone. Diego’s candidacy also represents where Vision Vancouver is headed. He worked tirelessly on this campaign, and he’s got a bright future ahead.
"Our school board team ran an exceptional and principled campaign, and I want to congratulate Joy Alexander, Ken Clement, and Allan Wong, along with the other newly elected trustees. While the results were not what we hoped for, it appears that we now have a progressive majority on the Vancouver school board, and we look forward to working with our newly elected trustees to stand up for public education in Vancouver.”More