Gregor Robertson wins Vision Vancouver mayoral candidacy.
“How's a girl to choose?” says Deb Martin, standing beside Raymond Louie and Gregor Robertson at the 2008 Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner – photo Dave Samis
“They are both intelligent, educated, community minded, and qualified for the job as mayor…. and they look great in kilts!” Deb helps me organize the Gung Haggis dinner and was thrilled to grab these two for a picture.
It was an exciting leadership race between Louie, Robertson and Al De Genova – all of whom we have gotten to know better over the past year. We sat with Al at the Think City Dream Vancouver event. They are all stout-hearted men and good-hearted human beings.
Patrick Tam took some great pictures of the day – check them out at:
I went down to the Vision Vancouver voting at 10am to be greeted by lots of balloons, greetings from the candidates and their supporters. Raymond quickly slapped a sticker on me as he welcomed me down to the vote.
When I saw my friends Elsie and Shaena handing out Gregor stickers, they quickly asked me for my second vote for Gregor.
It was very fortunate that the day was sunny and dry, a long line up snaked through the parking lot before entering the Croatian Cultural Centre. Inside the lineup further snaked down a hallway, then through the smaller auditorium where video showed the Tyee / 24 Hours Vision leadership debate, and a silent auction table was set up.
Inside the voting auditorium, I was greeted with a hug from Tonya Louie, Raymond's wife, whom I have known since 2002, when I was a volunteer for Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society, and she was a board member. I introduced her to my cousin, architect Joe Wai, one of our community's role models, and devoted community builders.
I have found both Raymond, Gregor and Al all very community-minded and accessible politicians. It's been very informative during this Vision mayoralty candidacy race to learn more about their views, beliefs, positions and community involvements.
During the Vancouver civic strike. It was Raymond Louie who called for a mediated settlement two weeks into the strike. Was Raymond a visionary, as the strike was settled with a mediated settlement between the city's three unions? It was also Vision's two councilors George Chow and Raymond Louie who came out to talk with city workers following each union rally at city hall.
As a CUPE 391 Vancouver Library Worker, I have to say that I was very disappointed with the NPA's handling of the Vancouver Civic Strike, which prompted Vancouver library workers to go on strike for the first time in their 80 year union history, ultimately settling for a mediated agreement which most municipalities had already settled for without an unnecessary 3 month strike.
Check out Patrick Tam's photos of the day
Check out Frances Bula's article in the Vancouver Sun
Robertson wins Vision vote
Check out Frances Bula's blog
Blog: Frances Bula covers the Vision Vancouver nomination battle on 'City States'