Bios and backgrounds HERE.
What is striking is the absence of those I have in the past called the “density bros”, and the appearance of unknowns with (almost completely) zero name recognition.
For them, a common thread is small business ownership (see word cloud below). All this points to an unsurprising “I’m-a-biz-person” sort-of-rightish orientation, in an election where left-right might not matter so much as housing density yes/no.
The same goes for the NPA and their mayoral candidate Ken “Silent” Sim, who have, accordingly, had their potential voter base split again.
YES Vancouver Candidates
- Hector Bremner
- Brinder Bains
- Glynnis Chan
- Stephanie Ostler
- Phyllis Tang
- Jaspreet Virdi
- Julian Prieto
- Leo Heba
The candidate bios make a useful word cloud. Apparently, the party-line emphasis is on “work”, “business” and “university”. The following words do not appear in the bio statements: pipeline, climate, house, housing, zone, zoning, density. The accompanying media blurbs do, however, continue to sport the hashtag #LetsFixHousing. So what the platform-related take-away is — I’m mystified.
A fun slant on this is from, who else, Charlie Smith in the Straight. To what extent, he wonders, is Mr. Bremner’s mayoral run a foundation-builder for his federal ambitions with the Liberals?
We’ve come a long way from massive rezoning.
Photo credit: Yes Vancouver