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Vancouver municipal election, 2014

The 2014 Vancouver municipal election took place on November 15, 2014, the same day as other municipalities and regional districts in British Columbia selected their new municipal governments. As with previous elections, voters elected one mayor, 10 councillors, nine school board trustees, and seven park board commissioners through plurality-at-large voting. Voters also voted on whether to approve a capital budget.

Vancouver municipal election, 2014
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11 seats on the Vancouver City Council
  First party Second party Third party
  Gregor Robertson Burrard.jpg No image.svg Adriane Carr of the Green Party.jpg
Leader Gregor Robertson Kirk LaPointe Adriane Carr
(de facto)
Party Vision NPA Green
Leader since 2008 2014 2011
Leader's seat Mayor Ran for Mayor (lost) Councillor
Last election 8 seats, 53.17% 2 seats, 40.15% 1 seat, N/A
Seats won 7 3 1
Seat change Decrease 1 Increase 1 Steady 0
Popular vote 83,529 73,443 N/A
Percentage 45.97% 40.42% N/A
Swing Decrease 7.20% Increase 0.27% N/A

  Fourth party Fifth party
  No image.svg No image.svg
Leader Meena Wong Jesse Johl
Party COPE Vancouver 1st
Leader since 2014 2014
Leader's seat Ran for Mayor (lost) Ran for Councillor (lost)
Last election 0 seats, N/A pre-creation
Seats won 0 0
Seat change Steady 0 N/A
Popular vote 16,791 N/A
Percentage 9.24% N/A
Swing N/A N/A

Mayor before election

Gregor Robertson
Vision

Elected Mayor

Gregor Robertson
Vision

Contents

OutcomeEdit

Incumbent Mayor Gregor Robertson sought re-election with the Vision Vancouver Party,[1] which swept the 2011 election when it elected him and all of the party's city council, park board and school board candidates. In this election, Robertson was re-elected as mayor; however, Vision representation decreased with only six councillors, four school trustees, and one park board commissioner elected. In total, ten Vision candidates were not elected, including five incumbent candidates: one councillor, three school trustees, and one park board commissioner.

The Non-Partisan Association (NPA) came into the election as the second largest party in Vancouver, with two city councillors, two park board commissioners, and one school trustee. Their mayoral candidate was journalist Kirk LaPointe who lost to Robertson in the mayoral race by 10,086 votes. The NPA team gained ground electing three councillors, four park board commissioners, and four school trustees.

The Vancouver Green Party sought to improve on its 2011 results which saw the first-ever Green Party city councillor, Adriane Carr, elected. Carr was re-elected as councillor and was actually the councillor elected with the most votes at 74,077. Additionally, two park commissioners and one school board trustee were elected, giving the Green Party of Vancouver its best result in the history of Vancouver municipal elections.

The Coalition of Progressive Electors, which officially cut ties with former ally Vision Vancouver in 2012, lost its only elected official when school trustee Allan Wong switched from COPE to Vision Vancouver on December 8, 2013, ending decades of COPE representation in the city. COPE contested this election with its first mayoral candidate since 2002, community organizer and former NDP candidate Meena Wong. The party also had candidates for every council seat.[2] Wong placed third in the mayoral race, and no COPE candidates were elected.

New Party Vancouver 1st ran a slate of candidates for all offices. These included Olympic bronze medal winning swimmer Brent Hayden as a park board commissioner candidate, and two incumbent school board trustees Ken Denike, and Sophia Woo, who had been expelled from the NPA in June. However, no candidates from Vancouver 1st were elected.

Nominations for the 2014 vote opened on September 30, 2014 and closed on October 10, 2014.[3] Vancouver uses an at-large election system for all elected positions; the ten candidates with most citywide votes are elected as councillors.[4]

Just before 8:00 P.M. on election day, voting hours were extended by 45 minutes, at four locations, because of ballot shortages earlier in the day due to high voter turnout.[5]

Political partiesEdit

This is a list of political parties who are running candidates in the 2014 election:

Party Leader Political Position Notes
Vision Vancouver Gregor Robertson Centre-left Vision Vancouver's leadership review on May 4, 2014 resulted in the nomination of incumbent candidates who ran for re-election for the offices they had held, including Mayor Gregor Robertson who had a 99% approval rating from members.

On June 22, 2014, Vision Vancouver held a nomination meeting for candidates to fill one school trustee and four park commissioner seats.[6] Two park board candidates dropped out of the race, but a full slate of candidates was announced on September 10, 2014.[7]

Non-Partisan Association Kirk LaPointe Centre-right NPA announced on July 14, 2014, that the party's mayoral candidate would be journalist Kirk LaPointe.[8]
Green Party of Vancouver Adriane Carr (de facto) Centre-left On March 31, 2014 the Green Party of Vancouver announced its candidates for City Council, school board and parks board.[9]
Coalition of Progressive Electors Meena Wong Left COPE announced its candidates following an open Nominations Conference on September 7, 2014. One council candidate and an additional parks candidate were ratified by the party's Indigenous Equity Caucus at a later date.[10]
Cedar Party Glen Chernen The Vancouver Cedar Party, launched in November 2012, believed in strong community roots.[11]
Hotel Workers United – Local 40 Ferdinad Ramos
Independent Democratic Electors Alliance Jamie Lee Hamilton
OneCity Vancouver RJ Aquino OneCity was a new Vancouver political party launched in May 2014 with the intention of fielding candidates for the November 2014 Municipal Election.[12]
Public Education Project Jane Bouey The Public Education Project believed public education is a cornerstone of a democratic society. They wanted education, and the well-being of children and youth, to be given priority attention in the election.[13]
Stop Party Meynard Aubichon
Vancouver 1st Jesse Johl Vancouver 1st was committed to bringing accountable, democratic and transparent government. Vancouver 1st was relying on grassroots support.[14]

Candidates and resultsEdit

The nomination period officially opened on September 30, 2014 and closed on October 10, 2014.[15]

(I) denotes incumbents.

MayorEdit

Ten candidates sought election to the position of mayor; four were affiliated with a political party and six were independents. Incumbent mayor Gregor Robertson of Vision Vancouver was re-elected for a third straight term.

Candidate Name Party affiliation Votes % of votes Elected
(I) Robertson, GregorGregor Robertson Vision Vancouver 83,529 45.97% X
LaPointe, KirkKirk LaPointe Non-Partisan Association 73,443 40.42%
Wong, MeenaMeena Wong Coalition of Progressive Electors 16,791 9.24%
Kasting, BobBob Kasting Independent 1,682 0.93%
Hansen, MikeMike Hansen Independent 714 0.39%
Hill, JeffJeff Hill Independent 611 0.34%
Ly, TimTim Ly Independent 556 0.31%
Aubichon, MeynardMeynard Aubichon Stop Party 508 0.28%
Kaiser, Cherryse KaurCherryse Kaur Kaiser Independent 492 0.27%
Shandler, ColinColin Shandler Independent 459 0.25%

City CouncillorsEdit

Ten councillors were elected from forty-nine candidates. Of the candidates, thirty-nine were affiliated with a political party; ten were independent. All ten incumbent councillors sought re-election: seven from Vision Vancouver, two from the NPA, and one from the Green Party. NPA candidate Melissa De Genova and Vision candidate Niki Sharma were both sitting Park Commissioners from their respective parties. Of the ten elected councillors, six were from Vision, three were from the NPA, and one was from the Green Party.

Candidate Name Party Affiliation Votes % of Votes Elected
(I) Carr, AdrianeAdriane Carr Green Party of Vancouver 74,077 40.77% X
(I) Affleck, GeorgeGeorge Affleck Non-Partisan Association 68,419 37.65% X
(I) Ball, ElizabethElizabeth Ball Non-Partisan Association 67,195 36.98% X
De Genova, MelissaMelissa De Genova Non-Partisan Association 63,134 34.74% X
(I) Deal, HeatherHeather Deal Vision Vancouver 62,698 34.51% X
(I) Jang, KerryKerry Jang Vision Vancouver 62,595 34.45% X
(I) Reimer, AndreaAndrea Reimer Vision Vancouver 62,316 34.29% X
(I) Louie, RaymondRaymond Louie Vision Vancouver 61,903 34.07% X
(I) Stevenson, TimTim Stevenson Vision Vancouver 57,640 31.72% X
(I) Meggs, GeoffGeoff Meggs Vision Vancouver 56,831 31.28% X
Robertson, IanIan Robertson Non-Partisan Association 56,319 30.99%
Baker, GregoryGregory Baker Non-Partisan Association 55,721 30.67%
Scott, SuzanneSuzanne Scott Non-Partisan Association 55,486 30.54%
Low, KenKen Low Non-Partisan Association 54,971 30.25%
McDowell, RobRob McDowell Non-Partisan Association 53,596 29.50%
(I) Tang, TonyTony Tang Vision Vancouver 49,414 27.19%
Sharma, NikiNiki Sharma Vision Vancouver 48,987 26.96%
Brown, CletaCleta Brown Green Party of Vancouver 47,564 26.18%
Fry, PetePete Fry Green Party of Vancouver 46,522 25.60%
Barrett, LisaLisa Barrett Coalition of Progressive Electors 35,234 19.39%
Louis, TimTim Louis Coalition of Progressive Electors 31,650 17.42%
Aquino, RJRJ Aquino OneCity Vancouver 30,050 16.54%
Gavin, GayleGayle Gavin Coalition of Progressive Electors 25,547 14.06%
O'Keefee, JenniferJennifer O'Keefee Coalition of Progressive Electors 23,121 12.72%
Chow Tan, SidSid Chow Tan Coalition of Progressive Electors 20,948 11.53%
Siegl, Audrey "sχɬemtəna:t"Audrey "sχɬemtəna:t" Siegl Coalition of Progressive Electors 19,258 10.60%
Higgins, KeithKeith Higgins Coalition of Progressive Electors 18,219 10.02%
Wong, MercedesMercedes Wong Vancouver 1st 17,493 9.62%
Munoz, WilsonWilson Munoz Coalition of Progressive Electors 13,756 7.57%
Chernen, GlenGlen Chernen Cedar Party 9,577 5.27%
Fuoco, FedericoFederico Fuoco Vancouver 1st 9,041 4.98%
Chernen, NicholasNicholas Chernen Cedar Party 8,724 4.80%
Ling, LenaLena Ling Independent 8,197 4.51%
Ramos, FerdinadFerdinad Ramos Hotel Workers United – Local 40 7,986 4.39%
Johl, JesseJesse Johl Vancouver 1st 7,953 4.38%
Gunn, CharleneCharlene Gunn Cedar Party 6,512 3.58%
Murgoci, ElenaElena Murgoci Vancouver 1st 6,140 3.38%
Angus, DavidDavid Angus Independent 5,895 3.24%
Gustafson, JeremyJeremy Gustafson Cedar Party 5,098 2.81%
Fraser, GrantGrant Fraser Independent 5,096 2.80%
Kljajic, MilanMilan Kljajic Vancouver 1st 4,881 2.69%
Guitar, AnthonyAnthony Guitar Independent 4,375 2.41%
Alm, KellyKelly Alm Independent 4,038 2.22%
Orser, RickRick Orser Independent Democratic Electors Alliance 3,548 1.95%
Boyer, MarcMarc Boyer Independent 3,329 1.83%
Pandey, RajivRajiv Pandey Independent 3,229 1.78%
Copeland, Cord TedCord Ted Copeland Independent 3,202 1.76%
Deocera, AbrahamAbraham Deocera Independent 3,160 1.74%
Skalicky, LudvikLudvik Skalicky Independent 1,797 0.99%

Park CommissionersEdit

Seven commissioners were elected from thirty-one candidates. Of the candidates, twenty-five were affiliated with a political party; six were independent. Two incumbent commissioners sought re-election: one from Vision Vancouver and one from the NPA. Of the elected commissioners, four were from the NPA, two were from the Green Party, and one was from Vision Vancouver.

Candidate Name Party Affiliation Votes % of Votes Elected
Evans, CatherineCatherine Evans Vision Vancouver 64,707 35.61% X
(I) Coupar, JohnJohn Coupar Non-Partisan Association 62,970 34.65% X
Crawford, CaseyCasey Crawford Non-Partisan Association 59,882 32.96% X
Kirby-Yung, SarahSarah Kirby-Yung Non-Partisan Association 56,828 31.27% X
Shum, ErinErin Shum Non-Partisan Association 56,762 31.24% X
Mackinnon, StuartStuart Mackinnon Green Party of Vancouver 56,406 31.04% X
Wiebe, MichaelMichael Wiebe Green Party of Vancouver 55,607 30.60% X
Granby, BrentBrent Granby Vision Vancouver 54,215 29.84%
(I) Loke, TrevorTrevor Loke Vision Vancouver 54,199 29.83%
Girn, NaveenNaveen Girn Vision Vancouver 51,659 28.43%
Jagpal, JayJay Jagpal Non-Partisan Association 48,909 26.92%
Tull, CoreeCoree Tull Vision Vancouver 46,672 25.69%
Mouttet, StéphaneStéphane Mouttet Non-Partisan Association 46,337 25.50%
Rumbaua, Sammie JoSammie Jo Rumbaua Vision Vancouver 42,863 23.59%
Romaniuk, AnitaAnita Romaniuk Coalition of Progressive Electors 33,690 18.54%
Bloom, EzraEzra Bloom Coalition of Progressive Electors 28,217 15.53%
Wyss, CeaseCease Wyss Coalition of Progressive Electors 21,249 11.69%
Jamal, UroobaUrooba Jamal Coalition of Progressive Electors 18,722 10.30%
Wong, RichardRichard Wong Vancouver 1st 18,655 10.27%
Popat, ImtiazImtiaz Popat Coalition of Progressive Electors 17,023 9.37%
Hayden, BrentBrent Hayden Vancouver 1st 15,599 8.86%
Hamilton, Jamie LeeJamie Lee Hamilton Independent Democratic Electors Alliance 14,471 7.96%
De Castris, JennyJenny De Castris Independent 10,672 5.87%
Rossetti, MassimoMassimo Rossetti Vancouver 1st 9,729 5.35%
Johl, YogiYogi Johl Vancouver 1st 9,100 5.01%
Hadley, EleanorEleanor Hadley Independent 8,072 4.44%
Clarke, RolandRoland Clarke Independent 7,545 4.15%
Sunshine, EarlEarl Sunshine Independent 6,308 3.47%
Starink, DougDoug Starink Vancouver 1st 6,275 3.45%
Buckshon, JamesJames Buckshon Independent 5,591 3.08%
Kadioglu, MattMatt Kadioglu Independent 2,719 1.50%

School TrusteesEdit

Nine school trustees were elected out of twenty-eight candidates. Of the candidates, twenty-three were affiliated with a political party, and five were independent. All nine incumbent trustees sought re-election: six from Vision Vancouver (including Allan Wong, who was elected in 2011 as part of COPE, but crossed the floor to Vision Vancouver in 2013),[16] one from the NPA, and two ex-NPA trustees: Ken Denike, and Sophia Woo, who were running for new party Vancouver 1st after being expelled by the NPA in June 2014.[17] Vision and the NPA each had four candidates elected, while the Green Party had one.

Candidate Name Party Affiliation Votes % of Votes Elected
(I) Bacchus, PattiPatti Bacchus Vision Vancouver 73,551 40.48% X
Alexander, JoyJoy Alexander Vision Vancouver 68,264 37.57% X
(I) Ballantyne, FraserFraser Ballantyne Non-Partisan Association 65,659 36.13% X
(I) Wong, AllanAllan Wong Vision Vancouver 65,342 35.97% X
(I) Lombardi, MikeMike Lombardi Vision Vancouver 61,523 33.86% X
Noble, PennyPenny Noble Non-Partisan Association 60,964 33.55% X
Fraser, JanetJanet Fraser Green Party of Vancouver 59,218 32.59% X
Robertson, StacyStacy Robertson Non-Partisan Association 58,314 32.09% X
Richardson, ChristopherChristopher Richardson Non-Partisan Association 58,081 31.96% X
(I) Clement, KenKen Clement Vision Vancouver 57,826 31.82%
(I) Payne, CherieCherie Payne Vision Vancouver 55,652 30.63%
Sharma, SandySandy Sharma Non-Partisan Association 54,063 29.75%
(I) Wynen, RobRob Wynen Vision Vancouver 52,288 28.78%
Oak, MischaMischa Oak Green Party of Vancouver 48,539 26.71%
Bouey, JaneJane Bouey Public Education Project 41,757 22.99%
Day, DianaDiana Day Coalition of Progressive Electors 39,068 21.50%
Giesbrecht, GwenGwen Giesbrecht Public Education Project 35,064 19.30%
(I) Woo, SophiaSophia Woo Vancouver 1st 35,011 19.27%
(I) Denike, KenKen Denike Vancouver 1st 31,545 17.36%
Shecter, IlanaIlana Shecter Coalition of Progressive Electors 25,538 14.05%
Fraatz, RalphRalph Fraatz Coalition of Progressive Electors 23,077 12.70%
Nagtegaal, HeidiHeidi Nagtegaal Coalition of Progressive Electors 22,126 12.18%
Kombii, NanjalahNanjalah Kombii Coalition of Progressive Electors 20,703 11.39%
Bhatha, SusanSusan Bhatha Vancouver 1st 16,345 9.00%
Dodds, T "Mrs. Doubtfire"T "Mrs. Doubtfire" Dodds Independent 9,067 4.99%
Nguyen, BangBang Nguyen Independent 9,025 4.97%
Falls, LarryLarry Falls Independent 8,890 4.89%
Gupta, RajRaj Gupta Independent 8,281 4.56%
Jivraj, AminAmin Jivraj Independent 4,555 2.51%

Capital plan questionsEdit

The proposed budget for 2015–2018 was $1.085 billion, of which $235 million would be borrowed, requiring electoral approval.[18]

Voters were asked the following three questions:

1. Are you in favour of Council having the authority, without further assent of the electors, to pass bylaws between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2018, to borrow an aggregate $58,200,000 for the following purposes?

  • Parks at $17,950,000
  • Recreational and exhibition facilities at $40,250,000
Option Votes Percentage
Yes 108,382 66.88%
No 53,692 33.12%
Total Votes 162,074 100%

2. Are you in favour of Council having the authority, without further assent of the electors, to pass bylaws between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2018, to borrow an aggregate $95,700,000 for the following purposes?

  • Public safety facilities at $22,250,000
  • Street and bridge infrastructure at $56,450,000
  • Street lighting, traffic signals, and communications systems at $17,000,000
Option Votes Percentage
Yes 128,287 74.42%
No 44,088 25.58%
Total Votes 172,375 100%

3. Are you in favour of Council having the authority, without further assent of the electors, to pass bylaws between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2018, to borrow an aggregate $81,100,000 for the following purposes?

  • Community facilities at $59,750,000
  • Civic facilities and infrastructure at $21,350,000
Option Votes Percentage
Yes 110,378 68.13%
No 51,628 31.87%
Total Votes 162,006 100%

Voter and party statisticsEdit

Voter turnoutEdit

Of the 411,741 registered voters, there were 181,707 recorded ballots, putting the voter turnout at 44.13%.[19] This is an increase from the 34.57% turnout during the previous municipal election in 2011.

Elected percentage by partyEdit

Party Mayor Councillors Park Commissioners School Trustees Total candidates
# Elected % Elected # Elected % Elected # Elected % Elected # Elected % Elected # Elected % Elected
Green Party of Vancouver NIL N/A 1/3 33.3% 2/2 100.0% 1/2 50.0% 4/7 57.1%
Non-Partisan Association 0/1 0.0% 3/8 37.5% 4/6 66.7% 4/5 80.0% 11/20 55.0%
Vision Vancouver 1/1 100.0% 6/8 75.0% 1/6 16.7% 4/7 57.1% 12/22 54.5%
Coalition of Progressive Electors 0/1 0.0% 0/8 0.0% 0/5 0.0% 0/5 0.0% 0/19 0.0%
Vancouver 1st NIL N/A 0/5 0.0% 0/5 0.0% 0/3 0.0% 0/13 0.0%
Cedar Party NIL N/A 0/4 0.0% NIL N/A NIL N/A 0/4 0.0%
Independent Democratic Electoral Alliance NIL N/A 0/1 0.0% 0/1 0.0% NIL N/A 0/2 0.0%
Public Education Project NIL N/A NIL N/A NIL N/A 0/2 0.0% 0/2 0.0%
Stop Party 0/1 0.0% NIL N/A NIL N/A NIL N/A 0/1 0.0%
OneCity Vancouver NIL N/A 0/1 0.0% NIL N/A NIL N/A 0/1 0.0%
Hotel Workers United – Local 40 NIL N/A 0/1 0.0% NIL N/A NIL N/A 0/1 0.0%
Independent 0/6 0.0% 0/10 0.0% 0/6 0.0% 0/5 0.0% 0/27 0.0%

Seat changes by partyEdit

Party Mayor & Councillors Park Commissioners School Trustees Total elected
2011 2014 % Change % Seats 2011 2014 % Change % Seats 2011 2014 % Change % Seats 2011 2014 % Change % Seats
Vision Vancouver 8 7 -12.50% 63.64% 5 1 -80.00% 14.29% 5 4 -20.00% 44.44% 18 12 -33.33% 44.44%
Non-Partisan Association 2 3 +50.00% 27.27% 2 4 +100.00% 57.14% 3 4 +33.33% 44.44% 7 11 +57.14% 40.74%
Green Party of Vancouver 1 1 ±0.00% 9.09% 0 2 N/A 28.57% 0 1 N/A 11.11% 1 4 +300.00% 14.81%
Coalition of Progressive Electors 0 0 ±0.00% 0.00% 0 0 ±0.00% 0.00% 1 0 -100.00% 0.00% 1 0 -100.00% 0.00%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson makes election plans official". Vancouver Sun. April 3, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "COPE slate for Vancouver election includes Meena Wong, eight council candidates". Metro. September 7, 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ City of Vancouver, "Run for office in Vancouver," vancouver.ca, Modified July 18, 2014.
  4. ^ BC Local Government Act
  5. ^ City of Vancouver website:"Voting hours extended at 4 out of 117 voting locations"
  6. ^ "Building the team". Vision Vancouver. February 26, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Experienced forward-looking Vision Vancouver team strengthened by two new candidates". Vision Vancouver. September 10, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Vancouver mayoral race to include former media executive". Globe and Mail. July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Green Party of Vancouver announces Council nominees". Vancouver Green Party. March 31, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ " Georgia Straight, September 7, 2014.
  11. ^ "About the Cedar Party". Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "OneCity Launches". onecityvancouver.ca. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ http://www.vancouver1st.com/default.aspx#.VD6w6fldWSo
  15. ^ "Run for office - City of Vancouver". Vancouver. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ Smith, Charlie (December 8, 2013). "Veteran school trustee Allan Wong crosses the floor from COPE to Vision Vancouver". Georgia Straight. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ O'Connor, Cheryl (August 14, 2014). "Ken Denike and Sophia Woo to run under Vancouver First". Vancouver Courier. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  18. ^ City of Vancouver Capital Plan
  19. ^ Vancouver Municipal Elections 2014 etails CivicInfo BC. Retrieved 2014-11-17