Hector Bremner says ‘Yes’ to new Vancouver party

Party platform hasn’t been announced, but initial nine founding board members have been named

Months of acrimony and infighting within the NPA caucus appear to be over.

At least as far Hector Bremner is concerned.

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The first-term councillor rolled out his new political party Thursday via a lengthy Facebook post outlining the group’s name and founding members.

Enter the Yes Vancouver Party, which for those of you keeping score at home was accurately called by Courier city hall beat reporter Mike Howell in late May.

The party’s formation comes about a month after the NPA board decided not to approve Bremner’s bid as a mayoral nominee. Ken Sim eventually got that gig.

Bremner’s post Thursday suggested the party congealed late last week after a meeting of 50 core supporters got together to discuss party bylaws and its constitution.

A specific platform has not been released, other than a reference in Bremner’s announcement to “fixing the housing crisis.”

Nine founding board members were appointed Thursday and room has been left for three others to join the board after the party’s official launch. The board will square away its president, vice president and secretary in the coming weeks.

“I am very proud that these leaders have agreed to guide our new party,” Bremner said. “This is just the beginning.”

For now, the nine following Bremner into battle include:

  • Kerry Gibson, president of EcoCentury Technologies, which Bremner describes as a “socially directed developer and distributor of clean technologies.”
  • Howard Grant, an elected council member of the Musqueam First Nation. Grant is also the executive director of the First Nations Summit and former senior manager with the federal government.
  • Dak Molnar, managing director of the Molnar Group. Molnar’s group works in both rental construction and commercial development. The firm has built rental stock in Vancouver for four decades.
  • Eugene Hodgson works with the banking firm Corpfinance International Limited. His Linkedin profile suggests he’s held jobs in government and the private sector in the areas of finance and investment. He formerly volunteered with the Vancouver Board of Trade.
  • Leah George-Wilson is a practicing lawyer at the Indigenous Law Group of Miller Tittered + Co. She’s a former chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and was the first woman to serve in the position.
  • Ricky Chibber is evidently the owner of two small businesses, though Bremner’s announcement doesn’t specify any further to say he’s experienced in window distribution. He has 14 years’ experience working in large corporate settings, according to Bremner.
  • Tim Crowhurst is president of Sea Level Communications and a former Immigration Appeal Judge. Bremner’s post suggests Crowhurst formerly worked in Ottawa for cabinet ministers, but does not elaborate.
  • Jocelyn Wong Wilson is vice president of the boutique ad firm InLanguage Advertising, which according to Bremner’s announcement, has worked with companies across Canada.
  • Daniel Yoo has worked in the tech sector for 18 years and is an SFU grad. He’s a partner with Attain Solutions, which works in the fields of project management and engineering.

No word yet how many, if any, candidates beside Bremner will run under the Yes Vancouver flag.  

The election is Oct. 20.

jkurucz@vancourier.com

 

 

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