Adriane Carr leads Greens into Canadian history

Adriane Carr trounced rival City Council candidates on election night as Greens made historic gains. Though unable to secure additional Council seats, the Greens made gains in School and Park Boards.

Adriane Carr and Vancouver Green Party
Adriane Carr dominates City Council poll in Vancouver 2014 civic election. (photos: Jordan Yerman)

It was a big night for the Greens. The Green Party of Canada, co-founded by landslide City Council vote-winner Adriane Carr, secured four election wins, creating the largest team of elected Greens in Canadian history.

Carr entered the Creekside Community Centre to raucous applause from supporters as votes were tabulated. Carr, in her own words, "squeaked in" last time, but this year she started out as the top-voted City Council candidate; and her lead only grew as voting locations reported in.

Fellow City Council candidates Cleta Brown and Pete Fry finished in the 18th and 19th positions respectively, so the Green's goal of creating a three-seat bloc on Council did not come to fruition. Had that happened, said Carr, "We would work towards a much more collaborative Council."

Adriane Carr
Adriane Carr

In her victory speech, Carr said of her popularity on election day, "I did what any Green would do when elected: I listened to people." She urged the public to keep talking to her as the new term begins on December 8.

Fellow Greens Stuart MacKinnon and Michael Wiebe secured spots as Park Board commissioners, while Janet Fraser will become a School Board trustee.

Leveling the playing field

MacKinnon said, "Honesty is back at the table" at the Park Board. The Greens are now in uncharted territory here, with two of their members on a civic board. His first task, he said would be to get the Park Board "to stop the court cases, stop the bullying with the community centre associations."

Stuart MacKinnon
Stuart MacKinnon

Wiebe plays Ultimate down at Jericho Beach, where the human and rabbit populations have been clashing over the turf field. After stepping into the umpteenth hole, Weibe had had enough. "I said, 'Is it really this bad?', and everyone was like, 'It's always this bad!'

Jericho Beach Rabbit
Don't hate the player, hate the game.

Wiebe described some of the newer city parks as "too manicured", and said that CACs can be better leveraged to deliver better parks for Vancouverites as the city keeps growing upward.

Michael Wiebe
Michael Wiebe

In his victory speech, Wiebe said, "We have big plans for the Park Board, so let's make it happen."

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