Municipal politics in Vancouver is pretty swampy as we’ve seen in reports about secretive land swap deals, an entire school board fired after allegations they bullied administrative staff, and now, the front-runner in a council by-election has blatant unaddressed conflicts of interest swirling around him.
Hector Bremner is the NPA's candidate for the council seat left vacant when Geoff Meggs became Premier Horgan's chief of staff.
The NPA is a municipal political party that have wielded power for most of their history since 1937. Now, they’re seeking to win their fourth seat on council to rival the ruling Vision Vancouver's six seats, plus Mayor Robertson.
But troubling inconsistencies in Bremner's record raise serious concerns about conflicts of interest.
Watch as I share the concerns about this former failed 2013 BC Liberal candidate who, according to reporting by the Vancouver Sun, has some powerful forces behind him that helped secure his nomination.
We haven't lost focus on Vision Vancouver, the real swamp dwellers at city hall, but the same forces originally behind Vision’s rise to power, are now aligning behind Bremner and the NPA as they look to take power.
The general election is next year and tapping candidates whose records are underscored by inconsistencies and conflicts of interest is not going to help NPA win and more importantly, serve in the best interests of Vancouver.