A bridge over troubled waters – Hundal compromises Vision again. Photo: Jeff Hodson/Metro
Longtime political observer and now blogger Alex Tsakumis broke the story that Vancouver Park Board chair Raj Hundal is stepping down from his position on the PNE Board. Vision Vancouver sent out a hastily-prepared press release that raises more questions than answers. Hundal, the story goes, was visiting Playland with family when one of his cousins decided to punch out an actor in the Fright Night exhibit.
Vision supporters and Frances Bula are shrugging it off. Raj Hundal stirred controversy for the feckless Park Board this past summer when he publicly squared off with the Mayor's hand-picked City Manager over the matter of General Manager Susan Mundick's successor. Why the actions of Hundal's cousin would force Hundal to step down from the PNE Board is a question still needing to be answered.
As Vision's caucus chair, Mayor Gregor Robertson must step in and fix this train wreck. Hundal is becoming a distraction, and Vision can ill-afford yet another embarrassment from its controversy-prone park commissioners. To date, Gregor hasn't shown that he has the backbone for disciplining one of his own. It's possible that this saga will drag on until the next election.