The Vancouver Civic Election was on Saturday October 15 and the results were late, thanks to B.C. Hydro having a shut down in some areas that had voting stations. But late or not, there was low turn out with an estimated 171, 494 people. That is only 36.3 percent of eligible voters that cast a ballot.
Local social media hoped for a continuance of the current socially progressive parties that have made up Vancouver Councils for the last fourteen years. It appeared that the majority of the electorate did not follow social media’s lead as the successful mayoral candidate was newcomer Ken Sim with the ABC Party who won over the current mayor Kennedy Stewart.
It also appears that while Mr. Stewart garnered nearly as many votes as he did the last election, (49,705 in 2018 and 49, 593 in 2022) it was simply not enough for Mr. Sim’s lead with over 85,000 votes.
In Vancouver the mayor is a “weak” mayor. He has one vote at Council, but does get a very nice office with a board table and a private washroom. He also inherits a very healthy budget to hire his own staff and undertake projects on his own discretion that does not need to be passed or scrutinized by city staff or council.
CBC’s Justin McElroy has written about the fact that those municipal candidates that are “very online” do badly while those that do the door knocking and hand shaking generally do rather well. That result based upon his 2018 analysis was upheld in this election too.
And here is what Vancouver’s new City Council will look like, from the City of Vancouver’s media department: