Roughly 90 minutes before polls closed in the Vancouver civic election, a man on crutches walked toward the voting station inside Creekside community centre while another voter parallel parked in a two-hour parking zone.
Upstairs, hidden from voters on the ground floor below, a small number of Green Party volunteers were quietly hanging “Vote Green” signs, putting beer on ice and testing the P.A. system. Candidates were expected to arrive at the election night party headquarters after 8 p.m.
Seen from the second floor of the community centre, B.C. Place shone orange, then flashed blue.
Would the stadium lights turn green if incumbent city councillor Adriane Carr was joined on council by an unprecedented second — or third — Green Party candidate?
“I don’t think we have that much pull — yet,” said a volunteer, smiling.
Carr was the only Green Party candidate to run for council in 2011. In the running for 10 council seats, she was the tenth councillor elected. Three Green Party candidates are on the 2014 ballot which includes Carr, Pete Fry and Cleta Brown.