Yes, its true Ive been around long enough to remember when Sam Sullivan, Suzanne Anton and George Chow were all part of the same city council.
That was way back in 2005 when Sullivan was mayor, his colleague Anton was a councillor and Chow was a member of Vision Vancouvers gang of four on a council dominated by the NPA.
Now, as regular readers will know, the trio of former city politicians is campaigning to become members of the legislative
Sullivan is running with the Liberals in Vancouver-False Creek, Anton is door knocking with the same party in Vancouver-Fraserview and Chow is working the crowds in Vancouver-Langara as the NDP candidate.
Win or lose, the results of the May 14 election will provide an interesting narrative on the trios attempt at senior government glory.
Will Sullivan and Anton be reunited? Will Chow ride an orange wave across the Georgia Strait to Victoria? Or will all three fall victims to their leaders vaporous/earnest/bamboozling exhalations while John Cummins and his pickup truck leads his B.C. Conservative Party to victory?
Sorry, got carried away there.
Anyway, I happened to catch up with Chow recently at a campaign stop at the Marpole-Oakridge community centre where he stood proudly behind NDP leader Adrian Dix as he talked poverty.
Chow originally planned to run in Vancouver-Fraserview but lost the nomination to Gabriel Yiu. Now hes in a riding currently held by Liberal Moira Stilwell, who has a high profile as a cabinet minister and ran in her partys leadership race.
The riding has been a Liberal stronghold for years and represented since 1991 by Val Anderson, Carole Taylor and Stilwell.
In the 2009 election, Stilwell garnered 59 per cent of the vote and crushed the NDPs Helesia Luke by 4,275 votes. Chow knows hes in for a battle but believes residents in the riding want a change. His slogan, as he repeated a few times, happens to be Chow for change.
A change that he wants to see in Victoria would certainly have an effect on his former colleagues at city hall. Chow wants electoral reform for municipalities to stop the multi-million dollar election campaigns.
Chow was a member of council when all three parties represented at city hall agreed to a series of electoral reforms they wanted approved by Victoria.
Recommendations included spending limits and a ban on union and corporate donations. Dix promised to ban union and corporate donations at the provincial level and told the Courier last month he didnt see why that couldnt translate to municipal government.
We should be pushing for that, said Chow, noting hes allowed to spend $72,000 in his provincial campaign.
Another interesting tie to Chows municipal government history is his campaign manager: Nathan Allen, a longtime member of COPE who has been involved in several city campaigns, including the 2011 municipal election.
Sullivan and Anton are running in ridings where both former Liberal MLAs Mary McNeil in False Creek and Kash Heed in Fraserview decided not to seek re-election.
Interestingly, Sullivan was mayor and chairperson of the police board when McNeil was in charge of the boards hiring committee for a new police chief.
Heed applied for the job but it was given to Jim Chu, who doesnt like to talk politics but I believe is eligible to vote in Vancouver-Fairview, where Margaret Macdiarmid is the Liberal incumbent and as health minister has the power to make changes to the mental health crisis in the city that police see first-hand every day.
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