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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Friday, November 15, 2002

More from the Campbell-Campbell fight

... and let it be said that we're dealing with a fight that didn't actually happen -- rather, last Saturday's incident where NPA city council candidate Vern Campbell stormed the campaign office of mayoral hopeful Larry Campbell's COPE party. Vern Campbell wanted to ask Larry Campbell some "tough questions" about just where Larry Campbell stands on some issues. The stunt failed -- Larry Campbell was off at a mayoral candidates' debate (did Vern actually bother to check the calendar before he planned this stunt?), and instead, ended up being shouted down by COPE staffers who did, after all, have a campaign to work on.

So, in the spirit of fairness, we present you with Vern Campbell's questions that he never did get to ask Larry Campbell. Now, it's interesting to note that, according to longtime city councillor George Puil, it is a custom in Vancouver that civic candidates to not question other civic candidates in front of the media. Or, at least that's what Puil told Dance Party Party candidate Ryan Millar when Millar tried to scrum Puil at the NPA's nomination meeting in October. Perhaps that custom has disappeared in what has become a particularly nasty campaign.

Now, there will be plenty of other Campbell-Campbell fights in the future, you can be sure. If Larry Campbell is elected mayor (as seems almost certain), you can expect face-offs with Premier Gordon Campbell (no relation, natch) over provincial government cuts to social spending, the possible offloading of provincial government responsibilities (and expenses) to city governments, and on funding for addiction treatment as part of Vancouver's drug strategy. If Vern Campbell gets a seat on city council (not impossible by any stretch of the imagination), then you can expect a few verbal dust-ups in council chambers over the next three years, if the last weeek's events are any indication.
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