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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Friday, November 08, 2002

T minus 8 days and...

Vancouver Courier opinion-monger and newly-minted Langara College journalism instructor Allen Garr reports in his column that COPE mayoral candidate Larry Campbell may be far ahead in the race for the Mayor's chair.

Garr was reporting from Sunday's COPE campaign gala and fundraiser, where 780 people (at $100 minimum a pop) dined on roast beef and halibut at a swank downtown hotel -- proving that the city's left-leaning political party has come a long way. If Garr's sources are correct, Campbell may have more support in the city than all his other rivals combined. If so, it's an impressive feat; there are three high-profile candidates for mayor this year: Campbell, NPA nominee Jennifer Clarke, and vcaTEAM challenger Valerie MacLean. Garr says that MacLean's support is dropping linke a rock.

MacLean's support was mostly based on a dislike of the NPA's dumping of incumbent mayor Philip Owen, combined with a distrust of the "free-spending socialist hordes" of COPE, Larry Campbell's party. However, as the campaign has progressed, Campbell has stressed that his vision of city hall is one that does not grant financial favours for friends, and one that reviews spending carefully.

MacLean, a political neophyte, has also had a tough time in debates against Clarke, who, with nine years' experience on Vancouver city council, has a detailed knowledge of city government, and the media-savvy Campbell, who expresses a clear vision for the city and its troubled Downtown Eastside. Campbell's vision is usually meekly supported by MacLean, but she can't claim the issue, or match Campbell's passion.

Campbell, on the other hand, has kept his party's base of support happy throughout this election, and has reached out to those Vancouver voters who have not traditionally supported his party, but who might be ready for a change at City Hall after 16 years of NPA rule. The "sign wars" tell a tale. It's normal that COPE signs outnumber those of other parties in the areas east of Main and north of Kingsway; that's a given. But on West 10th? South Cambie? King Edward Avenue? In previous elections, COPE signs were rare on those streets; now, they outnumber those for the NPA on some stretches.

However, the campaign has a week to run. The NPA will be blitzing the airwaves, and the print media, with advertising, and a lot of it will attack Larry Campbell as inexperienced, and questioning his shoot-from-the-lip style. COPE will fire back, depicting Campbell as a decisive leader, and one with a clear direction.

Stay tuned.
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