Vision Vancouver’s struggles continue to mount.
Last fall’s by-election was a complete disaster for Vision Vancouver. Their candidate, Diego Cardona, came a distant fifth.
Over the month that followed, all but two of Vision’s incumbent city councillors announced they would not be running for re-election in this fall’s municipal election.
Then Vision Vancouver’s Mayor Gregor Robertson said that he, too, would not be running for re-election.
And so the search began for a mayoral candidate. In fact, most of the people who indicated some kind of interest in running as a mayoral unity candidate representing a number of traditionally left-of-centre parties have formally announced they are not interested.
NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert announced he would not run. Likewise, the federal NDP’s Libby Davies and Don Davies as well as Vancity’s CEO Tamara Vrooman have all stated they will not run for mayor.
As far as I know, not a single soul has declared an interest in running as mayor under the Vision banner.
Will 2018 bring the end of Vision Vancouver?
Many have suggested that Vision is similar in some ways to TEAM — The Electors’ Action Movement, a Vancouver political party started in 1968 that Harry Rankin once described as a kinder, gentler version of the NPA.