A boring civic election would definitely benefit the incumbent Vision Vancouver party
For all of you who thought the upcoming civic election in Vancouver was going to be a snoozer, think again. While Mayor Gregor Robertson continues to play a losing battle of hide and seek, his socialist party coalition partners threw him a political grenade over the weekend.
After serving Vancouverites for three terms as a city councillor, the left-leaning COPE party surprisingly dumped David Cadman from its slate.
Ironically, it was Cadman who was the chief architect of his own demise. That’s because he supported a flawed political deal with Vision Vancouver that restricted COPE to only three council candidates in the upcoming civic election.
Unfortunately for Cadman, when the nomination results were read out he ended up placing fourth on the ballot. As a consequence, he is now being forced to retire from politics. This is despite the fact COPE could have actually run up to seven more council candidates on their slate if they had chosen to do so.
Cadman’s replacement on Robertson’s 10-person coalition will be Tim Louis, the mayor’s long-time arch-nemesis and outspoken former city councillor. Rest assured COPE’s decision to select Louis was the equivalent of an 8.0 on the political Richter scale for the mayor’s office.
Earlier this year the Mayor was riding high and his Vision team were easily heading toward a second majority government. The recent loss of support from the Green Party coupled with the nomination of Louis has thrown a big monkey wrench into Robertson’s election-night party plans.
No longer can Robertson and his caucus colleagues take for granted that COPE voters will blindly support them at the ballot box. Those days are long gone now that Louis is in the driver’s seat.
Despite the “don’t criticize Vision Vancouver” gag clause COPE candidates were forced to sign before being nominated, I still believe Louis will speak his mind. You can expect him to be in full attack mode criticizing both NPA and Vision policies when he believes it’s warranted.
In the end, it was likely Cadman’s love for taxpayer-funded international junkets and his lack of attendance at local council meetings that was the nail in his political coffin. But now that he’s gone, it’s pretty clear the stage has been set for a very interesting election night.
- Post by Daniel. You can follow us on on Twitter @CityCaucus or you can "like" us on Facebook at facebook.com/citycaucus. This column was first published in 24 Hours Vancouver on Thursday, Sept 22, 2011.