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A Tale of Two Cities

Sam Sullivan -- the "crazy" guy from my earlier post about Vancouver's municipal elections -- beat the arrogant, self-serving Jim Green, and becomes Canada's first quadraplegic big-city mayor.  He has to work with a council that consists of 5 right-tending and 5 left-tending members (those terms in Vancouver politics are hazy at best). 

Jim Green lost to Sam Sullivan by just about the same number of votes given to another candidate, James Green, an independent who in the usual scheme of things should have been expected to receive just a few hundreds of votes, not the 4,000 he got.

Just as interesting, this map of the results by polling division shows that, politically, we have two distinct cities in Vancouver.


The older inner city neighbourhoods -- Hastings, Strathcona, Grandview, the West End --, the oldest suburbs -- Cedar Cottage, Sunrise, Kitsilano, Marpole --, and perhaps more surprisingly, the South Shore of False Creek, clung tenaciously to the left-leaning COPE and its deal-with-the-devil of Jim Green.  The rest of the city -- historically the old municipalities of Point Grey and South Vancouver, endless stretches of single family housing -- reverted to Sullivan and his rejuvenated NPA.

The map interestingly shows the demographic result of new and upscale developments in the West End.  Both Coal Harbour and Yaletown carve red enclaves from the traditional green.

Will this election cause any changes over the next three years?  I doubt it.  The incoming group supports the two biggest ticket items so there is no chance that either the Olympics or the RAV line will be scrapped.  The safe injection site seems safe enough.  There won't be a red light district before the Olympics.   The biggest changes may be seen at the regional level, where several suburban mayors were replaced, most notably Doug McCallum in Surrey.

November 20, 2005 in B.C., Vancouver | Permalink


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