Recall isn't just about autos like the Ford Pinto anymore – it's coming to Vancouver's parks
Last night the Vision Vancouver Park Board with the support of COPE's Loretta Woodcock voted in favour of a revised motion that not only allows anti-HST protests to set up for free in our park community centres, it also allows all recall and initiative campaigns. The end goal is to allow for protesters wishing to recall BC Liberal MLAs to set themselves up right in our park community centres.
The targets will most likely be Premier & Vancouver-Point Grey MLA Gordon Campbell, Minister of Finance and Vancouver-Quilchena MLA Colin Hansen and possibly others in the Vancouver area.
Former city councillor and park commissioner May Brown, a spritely 90-year old, stayed to speak to the original motion, which was to allow just the HST protesters in our community centres. She was gobsmacked when Vision commissioner Raj Hundal tabled a new motion that would also allow pending recall campaigns to set up shop in community centres too.
"If you needed any more evidence that these guys are supporting the NDP opposition, they confirmed it last night," commented the normally diplomatic Brown. "This means that protesters against the BC government can now have a home in our community centres for a full year up until the recall deadline next fall."
Both Green Party commissioner Stuart Mackinnon and the NPA's Ian Robertson spoke against the motion. Robertson called notice on Hundal for bringing in the new motion last minute at the end of a long meeting. Hundal already had a ruling from the General Manager through the City's legal department. Mackinnon explains why he was opposed to this idea on his blog. He states:
I firmly believe that community centres are public spaces for everyone and the current policy ensures that they are free from partisan politics. Our users should not have to be confronted with partisans with an axe to grind.
Probably because of the late night vote there has been little or no coverage of this vote. Perhaps later today we'll hear more voices weigh in on this increasing politicization of our park board system.