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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

NPA hopeful tries to challenge Larry Campbell

Good ol' Vern Campbell. The ex-cop turned politician keeps on getting the headlines, but not necessarily for the right reasons. Last weekend, Campbell, who is running for city council on the conservative NPA ticket, tried to challenge COPE mayoral candidate Larry Campbell (no relation) to an unscheduled debate at Larry Campbell's campaign office.

As it was, Larry Campbell was at a previously scheduled forum, debating his main mayoral rival Jennifer Clarke (of the NPA.) So Vern Campbell, who invited the press along to watch him try to debate Larry Caqmpbell, ended up just making a scene by crashing another party's campaign office.

This isn't the first embarassing moment in this campaign for Vern Campbell. Last month, at a press event, Vern Campbell tried to demonstrate how easy it is to break in to a car. He took eight whacks with a tire iron with no success. However, that was just a stunt gone wrong.

What is more disturbing about Vern Campbell is that he has been sending different messages to the English-language and Chinese-language media in Vancouver. To the English-language press, Vern Campbell has said that he is in favour of the harm-reduction component of the city's drug strategy. He's sent quite a different message to the Chinese-language press; he says that he's dead-set against the use of safe-injection facilities as part of the drug strategy. It's an attempt to curry favour with the members of the Chinese-Canadian community, who are the core of the opposition to the so-called "four-pillar approach" to drug abuse. Which story is the truth, Vern?

But hey, he's backed by the Chinese Benevolent Society, the hospitality industry's lobbying campaign, and several prominent members of the Vancouver Police Department.
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