Vancouver has earned the “Bancouver” nickname with its zeal for banning things that make life easier for people, but we may just have outdone ourselves as the City of Vancouver Parks Board has announced a proposal to ban balloons.
Instead of encouraging people to clean up their balloons or educating the public about the hazards discarded balloons present to wildlife, we’re going to ban them from our public parks and events.
It doesn’t occur to anyone in “no-fun Vancouver”, that proposals like this shouldn’t even see the light of day.
Watch as I show you how the supposedly conservative NPA ceded control of the chair of the Parks Board to the Green's enabling these types of ridiculous proposals.
This is just another instance in a long list of recent failures by the NPA, the party that right of centre conservatives once called home in this city.
But ever since Gregor Robertson and Vision Vancouver came to power, the NPA have been a total and complete disaster in opposition.
They’ve failed to build momentum and opposition to Mayor Robertson’s far left environmentalist platform and policies, despite being given plenty of ammunition.
They’ve failed to take a stand against the growing influence of property developers and foreign capital flooding into Vancouver’s real estate market and more recently, they’ve failed to nominate a conservative candidate in an up-coming by-election to fill the council seat vacated when Geoff Meggs left to become Premier Horgan’s chief of staff.
I think common sense will prevail when the proposed balloon ban is voted on and while the NPA has given up control of the chairmanship to the Green Party, they still have four votes that should swiftly kill this stupid idea.
If they don’t, all hope may be lost for conservatives in this city as all that will be left is a sea of hard-left environmental socialism and a moniker we so rightly deserve— Bancouver.