Well, that’s apparently the opinion of the citizens of Surrey, who delivered to Surrey First, a three-peat last Saturday; one of monumental proportions. Despite polling that I predicted was fundamentally flawed, Surrey First, ably led by Linda Hepner, soared to victory.  It just wasn’t possible for Barinder Rasode to even see a win, and the […]

There is much takeaway for all three civic parties after Saturday’s disappointing Vision Vancouver win–but mostly for the NPA and the city’s accidental saviour.  I’ll explain below. Let’s have a look at the lessons learned…in no particular order… COPE: 1)  They elected candidates that were too left wing, too doctrinaire, too rigid.  Having Tim Louis, […]

There used to be a few basic rules in politics, such that you didn’t lie to the public, and that no matter your agenda you affected change with frugality, measure and reason. Allison Redford always preferred the bus. Justin Trudeau never inhaled more than a few casual puffs (although judging from his policy initiatives he […]

In a municipal campaign that has produced more legal wrangling between Vision Vancouver and the NPA than any defining issues discussed (thanks to Vision’s ducking and cowering), I’ve exclusively obtained copies of two criminal complaints against a prominent Vision councillor and Vision as a party, addressed to the Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Department, […]

There is no shortage of  forgiveness in a life where redemption is come by honestly. You fully own your mistakes–oh, to see this in our youth, however; that moving on isn’t simply somewhat genuine, but a path hopefully gilded with future accomplishments–and that, adorned by the emotional wealth of an authentic contrition which guided you. […]

I was recently asked by columnist Barbara Yaffe of the the Vancouver Sun to provide comment for a story she was doing on Vancouver’s illustrious (and hated) City Manager Penny Ballem. Here are my comments to her: “Penny Ballem has utterly politicized, and, thus soiled, a position which requires uncommon judiciousness and integrity. Her ham-fisted manner […]

There was a day, during his time as MP for Vancouver Center, that the late Art Phillips made a remark which has stuck with me to this day. Listening to him speak to a throng of reporters post victory, (I had been co-opted to attend by my father–an almost dizzying supporter of Art’s when the […]

As you all know, I remain adamantly AGAINST the closure, certainly without any reinforcements that will replace the Kits Station. But last week, I noticed, in order of appearance, Vision Vancouver Councillor Kerry Jang, Union overlord Jim Sinclair and left wing PR spinner and pretend reporter Bill Tieleman, all lining up to politicize the closing […]

My grandfather, the only one I ever knew, was as decent a man as you’d ever meet. His daughter, my mother, still can’t talk about him with dry eyes. He would walk from his very humble home on 1st and Maple, that he shared with my grandmother, and their cat Duke, to our house in […]

In the ongoing saga of just how much destruction inside the VPD Chief Jim Chu can commit to, this afternoon in Vancouver city council chambers, you are highly likely to hear of what will surely amount to more morale-killing with members of the VPD. Chu is not unlike a plague of locusts, feeding off the […]