After he was rejected by the NPA Board as a potential mayoral candidate, NPA City of Vancouver councilor Hector Bremner has given an interview to the Cambie Report.
My on-the-fly grab of topics and opinion follows.  Lots to read, especially between the lines.
Bremner Speaks (28:42)

Large-scale doo-doo-in-the-fan event. Bremner denied chance to compete for NPA mayoral nomination.
Board’s exercise of raw power, to override Green Light Committee.
Bremner speaks:

Concerted smear via many means; tar and feather effort
Anti-housing narrative evident in his opponents
With twice the number of members of anyone else (~2000), Bremner felt new energy pushing NPA forward, which has attracted new people to NPA. Now are frustrated.
Q: Paths forward: councilor, independent, new party?
Concerned about effect on newly energized people in politics. Doesn’t want abdication – look at what’s left behind if he and his followers abdicate.
Q: the #Lets FixHousing banner (Crook, Prieto). What’s up?
They’re frustrated and angry (lots of contact). They take politics seriously and want to improve lives, including their own. This doo-doo event hits them personally. Bremner remains hopeful. Cheap attacks and dirty politics won’t be the end of his commitment and that of his followers.
Q: join Vision?? Not likely.

Don’t underestimate this change to the political dynamic. Notes the by-election win as evidence. Raises housing as an issue. And this is his ground – presenting a clear solution. People are ignoring traditional party lines, looking for answers amid frustration. This election will see a profound shift.

Podcaster reaction:

Bremner isn’t done; he’s too calm.
He has run afoul of certain groups – attracted toxic messaging. Many practitioners are Chernen supporters.
Signs of simple answers for anger-raising problems (see Swanson & Bremner as change candidates)
NPA reaction to Bremner’s new membership vs. older land-owning membership
Call to NPA leaves feeling that NPA Board is uninterested in caller’s opinion (re: housing); little regard for the opinion of its members
Bremner rejection looks like a sleazy backroom deal. Non-transparent. Sure to attract a firestorm. Student-union-level politics.
Watch the froth and excitement in the next few days. And watch for more desertions from the ranks of under-50 NPA candidate hopefuls and members.

Comments

    1. George Steeves won’t be happy. To rectify the situation, Global should do a story on Steveston.

  1. Hopefully we can get a pro-density, pro-housing, pro-transit centrist party put together. Me and my friends keep joking about having to get into politics out of spite.
    Before someone attempts to correct me, I’d argue that Vision was only half in on most of those.

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