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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Wednesday, October 09, 2002

Paul Sullivan of the Globe and Mail sings the praises of a competitive mayoral race in Vancouver -- the first since the showdown between Jim Green and Godon Campbell in 1990.

Or, as he puts it, "On Nov. 16, Vancouverites can choose Lady Macbeth, the Better Business Bureau or Mayor Da Vinci."

Sullivan notes that voters often use civic elections to send a message to the provincial government of the day:

Annoyed by the lack of opposition to the Liberals in Victoria, voters may just decide to install the opposition in Vancouver and get it to kick a little proxy butt. It could be a real dilemma for the other Campbell (Premier Gordon).

The opposition (or certainly not the provincial government's puppets) is embodied in Vancouver by the left-leaning Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) and their mayoral candidate, former chief coroner Larry Campbell. There is a little bit of precedent for Vancouver voters installing civic governments that are ideologically opposed to the provincial government -- when the NDP was in power, Vancouverites supported overwhelmigly right-leaning politicians for civic office, almost as a check to the provincial government.
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