Are those bushes, or is that a local civic affairs columnist waiting outside an NPA event?
For those readers who still remain vaguely interested in what's happening (or not happening) within the Non-Partisan Association in Vancouver, you'll be pleased to hear we've got some news.
This evening former NPA Mayor Sam Sullivan and former NPA mayoral candidate Peter Ladner have both agreed to attend an event in recognition of the previous campaign's donors. We were unable to confirm the location of the event other than "it is at a prestigious west side location." When asked why they were so secretive about the location, we were advised "the last time we held a similar event a columnist from the local paper actually hid in the bushes to see who was coming in and out. We'd prefer our guests not be inadvertently frightened."
Should people be reading more into this event than the meeting of two former colleagues? Perhaps. Word on the street is that there has been a lot of grumbling under the breath of Vancouver's business community about the performance of their new Mayor over the last several months. One senior business leader told me last week that "the NPA needs to patch up old wounds, get organized and get ready for 2011 as soon as possible."
There have been no real visible signs that the NPA has kick started a renewal process since the last election. However, we've been reassured that the renewal process has begun in earnest behind the scenes. If we hear of any interesting outcomes from this evening's event, we'll keep you posted.