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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) Gregor Robertson Vision Vancouver 83,529 45.97% X
Kirk LaPointe Non-Partisan Association 73,443 40.42%
Meena Wong Coalition of Progressive Electors 16,791 9.24%
Bob Kasting Independent 1,682 0.93%
Mike Hansen Independent 714 0.39%
Jeff Hill Independent 611 0.34%
Tim Ly Independent 556 0.31%
Meynard Aubichon Stop Party 508 0.28%
Cherryse Kaur Kaiser Independent 492 0.27%
Colin 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) Adriane Carr Green Party of Vancouver 74,077 40.77% X
(I) George Affleck Non-Partisan Association 68,419 37.65% X
(I) Elizabeth Ball Non-Partisan Association 67,195 36.98% X
Melissa De Genova Non-Partisan Association 63,134 34.74% X
(I) Heather Deal Vision Vancouver 62,698 34.51% X
(I) Kerry Jang Vision Vancouver 62,595 34.45% X
(I) Andrea Reimer Vision Vancouver 62,316 34.29% X
(I) Raymond Louie Vision Vancouver 61,903 34.07% X
(I) Tim Stevenson Vision Vancouver 57,640 31.72% X
(I) Geoff Meggs Vision Vancouver 56,831 31.28% X
Ian Robertson Non-Partisan Association 56,319 30.99%
Gregory Baker Non-Partisan Association 55,721 30.67%
Suzanne Scott Non-Partisan Association 55,486 30.54%
Ken Low Non-Partisan Association 54,971 30.25%
Rob McDowell Non-Partisan Association 53,596 29.50%
(I) Tony Tang Vision Vancouver 49,414 27.19%
Niki Sharma Vision Vancouver 48,987 26.96%
Cleta Brown Green Party of Vancouver 47,564 26.18%
Pete Fry Green Party of Vancouver 46,522 25.60%
Lisa Barrett Coalition of Progressive Electors 35,234 19.39%
Tim Louis Coalition of Progressive Electors 31,650 17.42%
RJ Aquino OneCity Vancouver 30,050 16.54%
Gayle Gavin Coalition of Progressive Electors 25,547 14.06%
Jennifer O'Keefee Coalition of Progressive Electors 23,121 12.72%
Sid Chow Tan Coalition of Progressive Electors 20,948 11.53%
Audrey "sχɬemtəna:t" Siegl Coalition of Progressive Electors 19,258 10.60%
Keith Higgins Coalition of Progressive Electors 18,219 10.02%
Mercedes Wong Vancouver 1st 17,493 9.62%
Wilson Munoz Coalition of Progressive Electors 13,756 7.57%
Glen Chernen Cedar Party 9,577 5.27%
Federico Fuoco Vancouver 1st 9,041 4.98%
Nicholas Chernen Cedar Party 8,724 4.80%
Lena Ling Independent 8,197 4.51%
Ferdinad Ramos Hotel Workers United – Local 40 7,986 4.39%
Jesse Johl Vancouver 1st 7,953 4.38%
Charlene Gunn Cedar Party 6,512 3.58%
Elena Murgoci Vancouver 1st 6,140 3.38%
David Angus Independent 5,895 3.24%
Jeremy Gustafson Cedar Party 5,098 2.81%
Grant Fraser Independent 5,096 2.80%
Milan Kljajic Vancouver 1st 4,881 2.69%
Anthony Guitar Independent 4,375 2.41%
Kelly Alm Independent 4,038 2.22%
Rick Orser Independent Democratic Electors Alliance 3,548 1.95%
Marc Boyer Independent 3,329 1.83%
Rajiv Pandey Independent 3,229 1.78%
Cord Ted Copeland Independent 3,202 1.76%
Abraham Deocera Independent 3,160 1.74%
Ludvik 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
Catherine Evans Vision Vancouver 64,707 35.61% X
(I) John Coupar Non-Partisan Association 62,970 34.65% X
Casey Crawford Non-Partisan Association 59,882 32.96% X
Sarah Kirby-Yung Non-Partisan Association 56,828 31.27% X
Erin Shum Non-Partisan Association 56,762 31.24% X
Stuart Mackinnon Green Party of Vancouver 56,406 31.04% X
Michael Wiebe Green Party of Vancouver 55,607 30.60% X
Brent Granby Vision Vancouver 54,215 29.84%
(I) Trevor Loke Vision Vancouver 54,199 29.83%
Naveen Girn Vision Vancouver 51,659 28.43%
Jay Jagpal Non-Partisan Association 48,909 26.92%
Coree Tull Vision Vancouver 46,672 25.69%
Stéphane Mouttet Non-Partisan Association 46,337 25.50%
Sammie Jo Rumbaua Vision Vancouver 42,863 23.59%
Anita Romaniuk Coalition of Progressive Electors 33,690 18.54%
Ezra Bloom Coalition of Progressive Electors 28,217 15.53%
Cease Wyss Coalition of Progressive Electors 21,249 11.69%
Urooba Jamal Coalition of Progressive Electors 18,722 10.30%
Richard Wong Vancouver 1st 18,655 10.27%
Imtiaz Popat Coalition of Progressive Electors 17,023 9.37%
Brent Hayden Vancouver 1st 15,599 8.86%
Jamie Lee Hamilton Independent Democratic Electors Alliance 14,471 7.96%
Jenny De Castris Independent 10,672 5.87%
Massimo Rossetti Vancouver 1st 9,729 5.35%
Yogi Johl Vancouver 1st 9,100 5.01%
Eleanor Hadley Independent 8,072 4.44%
Roland Clarke Independent 7,545 4.15%
Earl Sunshine Independent 6,308 3.47%
Doug Starink Vancouver 1st 6,275 3.45%
James Buckshon Independent 5,591 3.08%
Matt 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) Patti Bacchus Vision Vancouver 73,551 40.48% X
Joy Alexander Vision Vancouver 68,264 37.57% X
(I) Fraser Ballantyne Non-Partisan Association 65,659 36.13% X
(I) Allan Wong Vision Vancouver 65,342 35.97% X
(I) Mike Lombardi Vision Vancouver 61,523 33.86% X
Penny Noble Non-Partisan Association 60,964 33.55% X
Janet Fraser Green Party of Vancouver 59,218 32.59% X
Stacy Robertson Non-Partisan Association 58,314 32.09% X
Christopher Richardson Non-Partisan Association 58,081 31.96% X
(I) Ken Clement Vision Vancouver 57,826 31.82%
(I) Cherie Payne Vision Vancouver 55,652 30.63%
Sandy Sharma Non-Partisan Association 54,063 29.75%
(I) Rob Wynen Vision Vancouver 52,288 28.78%
Mischa Oak Green Party of Vancouver 48,539 26.71%
Jane Bouey Public Education Project 41,757 22.99%
Diana Day Coalition of Progressive Electors 39,068 21.50%
Gwen Giesbrecht Public Education Project 35,064 19.30%
(I) Sophia Woo Vancouver 1st 35,011 19.27%
(I) Ken Denike Vancouver 1st 31,545 17.36%
Ilana Shecter Coalition of Progressive Electors 25,538 14.05%
Ralph Fraatz Coalition of Progressive Electors 23,077 12.70%
Heidi Nagtegaal Coalition of Progressive Electors 22,126 12.18%
Nanjalah Kombii Coalition of Progressive Electors 20,703 11.39%
Susan Bhatha Vancouver 1st 16,345 9.00%
T "Mrs. Doubtfire" Dodds Independent 9,067 4.99%
Bang Nguyen Independent 9,025 4.97%
Larry Falls Independent 8,890 4.89%
Raj Gupta Independent 8,281 4.56%
Amin 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