Vancouver Magazine - - City - —Petti Fong

Not into vot­ing for the usual sus­pects?

A look around the prov­ince of­fers plenty of al­ter­na­tive par­ties that will gladly take your vote—just don’t call them “fringe.”


The flag out­side Robin Richard­son’s trailer in Nanaimo de­picts a pine cone, a beaver, a ca­duceus (a staff with two snakes on it) and the Union Jack. It’s rarely seen on Vancouver Is­land, much less else­where in B.C., but Richard­son, a one-time MP for the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives in On­tario, be­lieves it should be the flag of a whole new prov­ince: an in­de­pen­dent Vancouver Is­land. He founded the party about a year ago, aim­ing to gal­va­nize sup­port for a sep­a­ratist Is­land agenda.


Vancouver elec­tri­cian James Filip­pelli grew up glued to the tele­vi­sion on ev­ery elec­tion night, whether it was for the next Amer­i­can pres­i­dent, B.C. premier or Vancouver mayor. He de­cided to start his own party to add more op­tions to the dom­i­nant provin­cial ros­ter of ei­ther the BC Lib­er­als or the NDP. His party prom­ises to boost trans­parency by mak­ing all govern­ment doc­u­ments and com­mu­ni­ca­tions freely ac­ces­si­ble with­out fil­ing an ac­cess re­quest.


Car­rol Woolsey doesn’t want to run again for the So­cial Credit Party, but she’ll keep do­ing it if it keeps the party alive. Af­ter see­ing the party dereg­is­tered in 2013 for fail­ing to field enough can­di­dates, Woolsey is hop­ing the So­creds can make a come­back by ap­peal­ing to the po­lit­i­cal nostal­gia of folks old enough to re­mem­ber when the party won 11 of B.C.’s 31 elec­tions. Mean­while, she hopes younger vot­ers will be wooed by the So­creds’ pos­si­ble sta­tus as an al­ter­na­tive to the BC Lib­er­als and the NDP with its goals of re­ject­ing the 15 per­cent for­eign home­buy­ers tax and keep­ing more schools open.

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