Long-time Member of Parliament (1997-2015) and well-known Vancouver politician Libby Davies has endorsed fellow NDP member Kennedy Stewart in his bid for the Vancouver mayor’s job in the October 2018 civic election.
Her framing of the contest is revealing, coming as it does from a seasoned civic and federal politician.
She lumps together Ken (Quiet Guy) Sim, Hector (Oh Yes) Bremner and Wai (I hate bike lanes) Young as “backwards-looking NPA”. She seems to predict a clump of vote-splitting voices on the right side of voter’s choices.
But then — Kennedy Stewart, she says, is a candidate of “. . . progressive policies”.
Oddly, there’s no mention of rival progressives — like Ian Campbell, Shauna Sylvester, Patrick Condon. Imagine that.
Until we hear more about policies and issues, it remains to be seen if these clumps on the left and right will irretrievably coalesce in voter’s minds, or whether someone can find a comfortable and vote-rich middle ground.
With thanks to Dan Fumano(@fumano)