Vancouver’s Green Party appears to have broken its agreement with the Vancouver and District Labour Council electing to run four candidates for council.
The party held its nomination meeting at Heritage Hall on Main Street Wednesday night, nominating four candidates for council, three for park board and four for school board.
Council candidates include incumbent Adriane Carr, Pete Fry, who was the party’s candidate in last year’s byelection, current park board commissioner Michael Wiebe and David Wong, an architect who ran for the Greens in the Vancouver-Hastings riding in the 2017 provincial election.
Incumbent park board commissioner and current board chair, Stuart Mackinnon was chosen to run for another term on the board, along with Inner City Farm founder Camil Dumont and horticulturalist Dave Demers.
Incumbent school board trustees Janet Fraser, who is the current board chair, and Estrellita Gonzalez will try for another term.
The party also chose Lois Chan-Pedley and Nicholas Chernen as the other candidates for school board. Chernen previously ran for council in 2014 for the Cedar Party, which he co-founded with his brother Glen Chernen. Glen Chernen finished in third place in the Non-Partisan Association’s mayoral candidate race on June 3.
Earlier this month, the Vancouver and District Labour Council announced agreements with the Green Party of Vancouver, Vision Vancouver, OneCity, COPE and Jean Swanson. At the time, the Greens said the party would run three council candidates, three for park board and three for school board.
After last night’s results, Vision council candidate Diego Cardona took to Twitter to criticize the Greens’ decision to run more candidates than originally agreed upon.
All progressive candidates who believe in cooperation agreement facilitated by @vancouverdlc to secure progressive majorities should be making public statements on decision by our @VanGreens friends not to follow through on their original commitment #vanpoli https://t.co/Bc0hK37K1M— Diego Cardona (@VancityDiego) June 28, 2018