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Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Monday, November 04, 2002

Former Vancouver Mayor endorses Larry Campbell

COPE mayoral hopeful Larry Campbell got a boost today when Mike Harcourt, who was mayor of Vancouver from 1980 to 1986, formally endorsed Campbell. Harcourt has been largely apolitical since he resigned as Premier of B.C. in 1996, restricting his commentary to specific issues like urban planning, the environment, or the possible 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Although Harcourt was associated with the city's political left, he was never a member of COPE, the city's left-leaning civic party. Harcourt started his political career with the centrist TEAM party in the 1970's , and ran for mayor as an independent with the support of not just COPE, but other civic political movers and shakers.

Mike Harcourt may not have been B.C.'s most popular premier, but his time as Mayor of Vancouver is fondly remembered by many in Vancouver. It's true that he was opposed to Expo '86, and to the replacement of the Cambie Street Bridge, but he now says that he's learned from his past mistakes. Expo, on balance, was good for Vancouver and spurred the redevelopment of the former industrial lands around False Creek. The Cambie Bridge is the most pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly bridge in the area. Harcourt admits that those two projects were, in the end, a good idea. Heck, he's even in favour of the 2010 Olympic games!

One more feather in Larry Campbell's cap.

Now, about that other Vancouver mayor, one Philip Owen... well, he's said that he'll remain silent, much to the chagrin of the woman who pushed him out of the Mayor's chair, NPA candidate Jennifer Clarke.
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