There has already been lots of drama in the race to lead the largest city in the province. Ever since Gregor Robertson announced he was not going to run for re-election, prominent politicians and want-to-be politicians have been clamouring for a shot at the job.
Political newcomer Ken Sim will be the NPA’s nominee for the mayor’s job after beating John Coupar and Glen Chernen in a bizarre nomination battle. NPA city councillor Hector Bremner was told by the party’s executive that he could not run. Now he is contemplating starting his own political party and would run for mayor under that banner.
There are others outside of the two main municipal parties planning a run for the mayor’s chair. NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, former Conservative MP Wai Young, SFU professor Shauna Sylvester and ProVancouver’s David Chen are all, for now, planning on running for mayor.
Vancouver has been at the epicentre of some of the province’s biggest issues. Housing affordability, the opioid epidemic, marijuana legalization and transit will all be huge issues during the election campaign.
Hector Bremner (YES Vancouver)
Ken Sim (NPA)
Wai Young (Coalition Vancouver)
David Chen (ProVancouver)
Kennedy Stewart (Independent)
Shauna Sylvester (Independent)
Gï¿½lï¿½k Z Buday
Sophia C Kaiser
Katy Le Rougetel
Rollergirl (Angela Dawson)
Satwant K Shottha
Brinder Bains (YES Vancouver)
Nycki K Basra (Vancouver 1st)
Taqdir (Taq) Kaur Bhanda (Independent)
Rebecca Bligh (Vision)
Sarah Blyth (Independent)
Christine Boyle (One City)
Diego Cardona (Vision Vancouver)
Adriane Carr (Vancouver Greens)
Glynnis Chan (YES Vancouver)
Ken Charko (Coalition Vancouver)
Glen Chernen (Coalition Vancouver)
Graham Cook (Independent)
Cord “Ted” Copeland
Breton Crellin (ProVancouver)
Adrian Crook (Independent)
Melissa De Genova (NPA)
Heather Deal (Vision)
Melissa De Genova (NPA)
Lisa Dominato (NPA)
Catherine Evans (Vision)
Larry J Falls
Pete Fry (Vancouver Greens)
Justin P. Goodrich (NPA)
David Grewal (NPA)
Colleen Hardwick (NPA)
Jesse Johl (Vancouver 1st)
Gordon T Kennedy
Sarah Kirby-Yung (NPA)
Morning Li (Coalition Vancouver)
James Lin (Coalition Vancouver)
Ken Low (Vancouver 1st)
John Malusa (Vancouver 1st)
Robert McDowell (Independent)
Raza Mirza (Pro Vancouver)
Michelle C Mollineaux (Vancouver 1st)
Penny Mussio (Coalition Vancouver)
Derrick O’Keefe (COPE)
Stephanie Ostler (YES Vancouver)
Tanya Paz (Vision)
Elishia Perosa (Vancouver 1st)
Franco Peta (Coalition Vancouver)
Spike Peachy (Independent)
Elke Porter (Independent)
Francisco (Jojo) Quimpo (NPA)
Francoise Raunet (Independent)
Rohana Rezel (ProVancouver)
Anne Roberts (COPE)
Erin Shum (Independent)
Jean Swanson (COPE)
Phyllis Tang (YES Vancouver)
Elizabeth Taylor (Vancouver 1st)
Jaspreet Virdi (YES Vancouver)
Michael Wiebe (Vancouver Greens)
David Wong (Vancouver Greens)
Jason Xie (Coalition Vancouver)
Brandon Yan (One City)
Wei Qiao Zhang (Vision Vancouver)
B.C.’s biggest city is in Metro Vancouver and bordered by Burnaby, the Fraser River, English Bay and the Burrard Inlet.
Home to Indigenous Peoples for generations, Vancouver had an industry boom in the 1800s. Logging, gold and fur trading made the area an economic centre.
In 1867, “Gassy Jack” Deighton opened a saloon for forestry workers on the shore of Burrard Inlet. The drinking hole was so popular the community around it was called Gastown.
In 1884, the Canadian Pacific Railway moved its terminal from the head of Burrard Inlet to the area now known as Coal Harbour. A few years later, in 1886, the city was incorporated as the City of Vancouver, as it had a population of about 1,000 people. The first mayor was M.A. McLean. That summer a brush fire burned the city to the ground in less than 30 minutes.
One of the city’s favourite tourist destinations, English Bay beach, was sandless until 1898. Visitors had to walk through bushes to reach the water and a large rock on the beach separated men and women bathers.
In 1915, the Vancouver Millionaires hoisted the Stanley Cup. It was the same year that the University of British Columbia opened its doors.
In 1954, Vancouver hosted the 5th British Empire and Commonwealth Games.
Thirty-two years later, the city hosted the World’s Fair. Twenty-four after that, in 2010, the city played host to the Winter Olympics.
114.47 (+5.19)/93.63 (-0.71)
98.26 (-7)/74.86 (-9.81)
Hedy Fry (Liberal) – Vancouver Centre
Don Davies (NDP) – Vancouver Kingsway
Jenny Kwan (NDP) – Vancouver East
Joyce Murray (Liberal) – Vancouver Quadra
Harjit Sajjan (Liberal) – Vancouver South
Jody Wilson-Raybould (Liberal) – Vancouver Granville
Spencer Chandra-Herbert (B.C. NDP) – Vancouver-West End
George Chow (B.C. NDP) – Vancouver-Fraserview
Adrian Dix (B.C. NDP) – Vancouver-Kingsway
David Eby (B.C. NDP) – Vancouver-Point Grey
Mable Elmore (B.C. NDP) – Vancouver-Kensington
George Heyman (B.C. NDP) – Vancouver-Fairview
Michael Lee (B.C. Liberal) – Vancouver-Langara
Melanie Mark (B.C. NDP) – Vancouver-Mount Pleasant
Shane Simpson (B.C. NDP) – Vancouver-Hastings
Sam Sullivan (B.C. Liberal) – Vancouver-False Creek
Andrew Wilkinson (B.C. Liberal) – Vancouver-Quilchena
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