Mayor Gregor Robertson has a reputation for being a bundle of niceness. As a powerhouse of intellect and original thinking, not so much. No matter, Vancouver's mayor is a passionate advocate for the dispossessed, who worked diligently as the MLA for Vancouver-Fairview sticking up for the little guy, and leaving a notable legacy as one of the strongest voices ever to sit in BC's legislature. Right?
In August 2007, just six months before he announced he was running for Mayor, Gregor in his own words posted this message on his "priorities" as the MLA for Vancouver-Fairview on his website:
Two years ago, as a newly-elected politician, I had high hopes for bringing a "fresh approach" to BC politics. Today I'm even more convinced that it's urgently needed, but am frankly aghast by how small-minded our political realm is.
I set three goals to guide my fresh approach:
- Represent, inspire and engage more people in politics
- Bring more balance to BC's polarized politics
- Focus on the big picture
Whaa? You mean to tell me the hero of Vancouver's underclass was really focused on The Big Picture? What about homelessness, what about affordable housing, what about tapping into the city's creativity?
I'm beginning to think we were mislead. You can't tell me he was repackaged for public consumption by Vision Vancouver's public relations machine! Surely there is some substance to MLA Robertson's earnest objectives to change politics and improve The Big Picture.
Robertson continues in his 2006 posting about his accomplishments after 2 years as an MLA...
Time for a check-in at the halfway mark of this first term. In a nutshell:
- I'm pleased with my representation and engagement goal - this involves all of us and we've risen to the challenge.
- Despite slight improvement, balance is still way out of whack in our political realm.
- There's a huge lack of attention on the big picture. This urgently needs more of our collective attention.
What a shame that MLA Robertson wasn't able to finish his good work during his abbreviated term as a rookie MLA, and bring more attention to The Big Picture.