The Vancouver Scrum

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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Thursday, October 03, 2002

There were four unsuccessful city council candidates: former Musqueam chief and 2001 BC Liberal candidate Gail Sparrow, Vancouver School Board chair Barbara Buchanan, lawyer and urban planner David Fushtey, and current school trustee Bill Yuen. All of the party's 2002 school board candidates were acclaimed; human resources consultant Robert Haines failed in his bid to win a parks board nomination.

Looks like you'll have George Puil to kick around for a while yet... but at least he seems to enjoy the kicking, in his own weird way. He admits that there is no good reason for him to run for council again (he might have been joking; it's so hard to tell) except that it does get him out of the house and out of the wife's hair. Take it for what you will.

Puil, incidentally, admitted some responsibility for the 2001 Vancouver bus strike, but said that he and his councilmates had no choice but to take the action that they did.

The right-leaning civic party had already nominated current city councillor Jennifer Clarke as its mayoral candidate earlier this year.

In her speech to the NPA faithful, Jennifer Clarke criticized her two main mayoral opponents for a lack of experience, saying that "you can't decide on Monday to become Mayor on Friday." She also claimed that she had never actually met any of her mayoral rivals with the exception of Marc Emery, who apparently frequently comes down to city hall to talk about his favourite issue.

Clarke later clarified her statement to mean that she had never seen either Larry Campbell or Valerie MacLean at any civic function.

She doesn't seem to take to media scrums well, though; she scurried off at the suggestion of one.
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