Po­lit­i­cal Mine­field

BC Business Magazine - - The Informer - –F.B.

Whether it's your first time vot­ing in a B.C. mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion or you've seen this movie be­fore, good luck Civic elec­tions in B.C., es­pe­cially Van­cou­ver, are al­ways baf­fling. Un­like most of their coun­ter­parts in the rest of the coun­try, cities through­out the province elect coun­cil­lors to rep­re­sent the whole com­mu­nity rather than a ward. That some­times re­sults in dozens of can­di­dates fight­ing it out. A few cities–van­cou­ver, Burn­aby, Rich­mond, Sur­rey–have par­ties, but their la­bels don't align with the pro­vin­cial or fed­eral ones, so vot­ers are left to guess ex­actly where they stand on the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum.

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