Are Aaron Jasper's flip flops worthy of the world famous Chinese Acrobats?
The Vision Vancouver park board caucus have defined themselves by... well, apparently absolutely nothing. Actually, that's not true. We're two years into their mandate with one year left and the only thing they've accomplished it seems is to reaffirm all the decisions by the previous NPA board they campaigned against.
The latest flip-flop by Aaron Jasper and the Vision team surrounds the Jericho Wharf. "We'll keep it!" they cried during the 2008 campaign. "The bad ol' NPA didn't listen to you so we'll be reversing this decision!"
Well, not so much. On Monday they voted to scrap it, and this time the whole thing. The NPA park board compromised by leaving part of the pier in tribute to the war veterans it once served. A study by the DFO indicated to the park board that creosote in the pilings were poisoning the surrounding waters. Whether you accept this as fact is not the issue though, it's how Vision Vancouver continues to handle the issues.
We're seeing a pattern where the promises of Vision Vancouver are not worth the paper they're printed on.
- First, Aaron Jasper promised to cancel a private contractor from the Queen Elizabeth Park Celebration Pavilion. Then he flip flopped on this.
- He and Vision also promised to keep the Mount Pleasant pool. When running for office, Jasper's promise to fight for the facility was music to the ears of pool supporters. But when he got elected, well, things just didn't work out.
- Jasper campaigned vigorously against having a private operator run the new restaurant at English Bay beach. Guess what? It's okay with him now.
- Of course, Jasper led the charge on closing the Bloedel Conservatory. He even refused to respond to a nine-year old girl's correspondence on it. Well now Jasper has seen the light and wants to keep Bloedel open.
Now we've got another broken promise on the Jericho Wharf. That's not exactly the best record to run for re-election on now, is it? Not that Jasper has any plans to stick with Park Board. He's got his sites set on George Chow's spot on the council slate.
As Aaron Jasper said once on the Bill Good Show, "it's easier when you're in opposition." We now understand that he meant it's fine to make a bunch of promises you won't have to be accountable for, as long as you get elected.
It's hilarious to see the Vancouver Park Board today absolutely forsaking their job to advocate for parks, and leaving the big decisions up to the Mayor's office. Meanwhile, over at the Vision/COPE school board, they're doing "advocacy on steroids" because they get to beat up Victoria and not City Hall.
What a bunch. It's no wonder the polls are collapsing for Team Gregor.
- post by Mike