It's late on Saturday night and I've been doing the circuit of media appearances for the better part of the last six hours. I had the pleasure of working with the team over at CTV, Vancouver Sun and CKNW tonight. Thanks to each of you for allowing me to participate in your election night coverage. It was a blast!
Well...the voters of Vancouver have spoken. They have chosen to re-elect a majority Vision Vancouver government to city hall. Let me first congratulate Mayor Robertson and his Vision team. They put on an extraordinary effort over the last few weeks and deserve their victory tonight. They have a clear mandate to govern this city over the next three years and I sincerely wish them all the best.
Suzanne Anton also deserves a lot of credit for her efforts. She gave up her council seat and decided to help unite the NPA team to take on the Vision juggernaut. In the end, her efforts weren't enough to secure the majority she was seeking on council. However, at least now the NPA has two councillors and can get their motions seconded - ha ha. Kudos to both Affleck and Ball for making into the top 10.
The Green Party also deserves a lot of recognition tonight for making history. Adriane Carr has finally done it! Alongside Elizabeth May, they represent the future of the Green Party. She'll have a steep learning curve in this first term, but she is a capable politician who will surely rise to the occasion.
I also want to recognize the efforts of every single civic politician who put their name on the ballot today. They deserve our utmost respect and gratitude. Becoming a public servant can often be a thankless job, which is why we should be so grateful more than a few folks are prepared to step up to the plate.
In terms of my future as editor of CityCaucus.com...well, as you can imagine, I'd kinda like my life back. After having stepped away from the blog last year, I returned to this post after Mike Klassen decided he was going to run for council. I committed to stay on until the civic elections were over. Well, they're over. It probably won't come as a huge surprise to many of you that I think it's time for me to pass the torch.
As you can appreciate, I am very passionate about city politics and urban issues. But at the end of the day, this blog...nor any other, should serve as the "unofficial opposition" to a massive Vision Vancouver majority. When it comes to holding the Mayor's feet to the fire, that job must be performed by members of council and the mainstream media. I trust that they are up to the challenge over the next three years.
I haven't spoken to my good friend Mike Klassen to see what is in the cards for him moving forward, but for me it's time to hang up my shingle - and this time my retirement is for real! I need to spend more time with my family, more time at the rink with my son, and much less time trying to ensure that democracy is well served at city hall. I'm pretty confident my decision will be well received by the Mayor and his political team.
I will be meeting with Mike in the next few weeks or so to determine whether he has an interest in taking over the helm of this blog. Once that decision has been made, you will be the first to know.
But until then I'll be turning out the lights at CityCaucus tonight and bidding everyone adieu. I will continue tweeting in the days and weeks to come, so you if you're interested in some of my post-election thoughts (as much as I can squeeze into 140 characters) you can always follow me there. You're also welcome to continue reading my weekly civic affairs column over at 24 Hours Vancouver every Thursday.
This post will be the last up here for a while...however, I will be leaving the comments section open so you can continue to engage in the discussion.
Once again, thanks to all of you for having made the past three years so much fun...and kudos to Mayor Gregor and his team on their victory - well deserved.
- Post by Daniel