Vancouver voters face stark choice this election, Mayor says

photos by Jenny Uechi

Vancouver Civic Election 2011: Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vision Vancouver candidates made one last campaign pitch on Friday, saying that Vancouver faces a critical choice on election day tomorrow. 

Speaking in front of the seawall, Robertson spoke of his party's past track record on homelessness, public transit and sustainability, while criticizing the NPA's "inexperience" and lack of unity on certain issues.

"Vision does not support the expansion of gambling and a mega-casino downtown. We're not sure about the NPA. Some of them are for it, some of them are against," Robertson said.

He accused the NPA of being "all over the map," arguing that his rival party's candidates have expressed differing opinions on gambling expansion, laneway housing and viaducts.

"They contradict each other. Vancouver voters need to know where we stand on the issues, and you can't tell where the NPA stands on the issues," he said.  

On the topic of Occupy and whether it will affect the result of the election, Robertson said that he wished to be focused on resolving the issue.

"We want to see that tent camp ended as soon as possible and it's been a very tough issue for cities around the world," he said. "But this election is about big issues, far beyond the Occupy movement."

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