In Vancouver’s crowded mayoral race, observers say one candidate is courting controversy and setting herself apart from others in the field.

Political scientist Stewart Prest says the city, which is one of the few in Canada operating on a party system, is politically fractured in a way that hasn’t been seen in years ahead of the Oct. 20 election.

While the left wing has long been splintered, the right is now largely divided between three main parties: the Non-Partisan Association, the newly formed Coalition Vancouver and YES Vancouver, said Prest, who teaches at Douglas College and Simon Fraser University.

Wai Young of Coalition Vancouver seems to be carving a niche for herself on the ruptured right, he said

“Wai Young and her party seem like they’re really focused on capturing the right-hand side of that spectrum, which is, to be honest, not a bad place to be with a field so fragmented,” Prest said.

The former Conservative MP has drawn attention for waging a war on bike lanes and using populist language.

VANCOUVER, BC., August 1, 2018 — Coalition Vancouver Mayoral Candidate, Wai Young makes a major Transportation Policy announcement In front of the Vancouver General Hospital Emergency Entrance in Vancouver, BC., August 1, 2018. (NICK PROCAYLO/PostMedia) 00054179A ORG XMIT: 00054179A [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Coalition Vancouver Mayoral Candidate Wai Young has adopted the campaign slogan ‘100 per cent for the people.’

The policy consultant says she has worked on behalf of the community for almost 35 years with various levels of government, but promises she’s not part of the established power structure that she refers to as “backroom boys.”

She has adopted the campaign slogan “100 per cent for the people,” and pledged to return common sense …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Politics


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