The canary in the Stanley Park Board offices has died: killed off by the disastrous mishandling of power by the GREENS, the party holding the largest number of seats on the Vancouver Park Board.
It should sound a very LOUD alarm to all British Columbians … the Greens are NOT ready for power … not here at least.
Thankfully, their incompetence and ruinous ideological fanaticism has been exposed at the Park Board level … and not at full City Council or provincial government degrees of government.
Just take a look at the damage/debris the GREENS have inflicted on thousands of Vancouver residents … and visitors alike.
In April, the Board closed ALL the Board-administered parking lots at waterside parks and beaches, blaming the Covid crisis: I contended it was just a chance to fire another salvo in the Greens hate-on for cars. And to hell with the people who drive them … even the handicapped and the elderly.
And what better proof of that than the Park Board’s TOTAL closure as well of access to the roads around Stanley Park … ALL the roads, ALL lanes, ALL access in April … ostensibly also because of the Covid pandemic.
BUT even when BC … and Vancouver … emerged from Phase One Covid restrictions many days ago, and shops, restaurants, barber shops, many services, provincial parks all re-opened … SEVERAL of the Vancouver Park Board most popular West End beach parking lots and ALL the Stanley Park roadways remained CLOSED to vehicles!
Even today, as BC advances well into Phase Two of the Covid recovery and moves towards Phase Three, some beach parking lots and ALL Stanley Park roadways remain closed .
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is fascist-style governance at the GREEN/COPE dominated Park Board, catering to only the anti-car crowd.
And it’s the GREENS who are to blame.
There are seven Commissioners on the Board: three GREEN; two NPA; two COPE.
The GREENS, in exercising their new elected Park Board powers, COULD have pursued their environmentally-strong, lifestyle-changing beliefs and ideology at a moderate pace, impressing the public with policies effecting change, while also respecting others’ views/needs/rights.
By reaching out, negotiating and compromising with the two NPA Board members: fairly politically moderate, center right.
I have no doubt in my mind that, if the GREENS had done that, we could have ended up with a separated car lane in Stanley Park right from the start: accommodating cyclists, joggers, skateboarders, walkers AND, yes, also those who need vehicles to get around.
Moderate policy … encouraging progress but respecting others as well.
The three GREENS aligned themselves instead with two board members from, in my view, the most extreme radical left party on the civic scene, COPE. (Who I wouldn’t be surprised might even want to ban ALL cars permanently from the park … except maybe the Lada!)
That unholy alliance, GREENS/COPE, I believe, is how we ended up with concrete and steel barriers in front of so many parking lots for so long and why the roads … ALL roads … around Stanley Park still remain CLOSED to this date (June 9).
Militancy … in lieu of moderation.
That’s how there was approval Monday night, of a GREEN/COPE motion for “staff to explore the long-term feasibility of reducing vehicle traffic in Stanley Park.”
There will be a consultative process … which I believe will be a total farce: the GREEN/COPE don’t want to know WHETHER cars should be restricted, just HOW.
Interesting that a group of handicapped, wheelchaired, and elderly cane-carrying protestors who showed up at the Park Board office for Monday’s meeting were not even allowed to address the Board before the vote.
Business operators inside the Park have already said say they won’t survive with vehicle restrictions. Read this from the Daily Hive: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/stanley-park-businesses-car-traffic
And the voters have started to wake up.
After word finally got out about the outrageous Stanley Park road closure motion, more than 6,000 people signed an on-line petition, calling for access for ALL. In just three days!
But why should people even have to petition for access for all!!!! Never needed before the GREENS/COPE alliance began to abuse people’s rights.
Imagine the power … and the voting potential of the thousands of other GREENS/COPE-abused public … if all their victims get out and vote in the next civic election!
The big LOSERS long-term will the GREENS.
They have shown all British Columbians that once they get power, unlike mainstream parties that have learned to moderate and accommodate, GREENS will IMPOSE their ideology with an iron fist, arbitrarily impose changes they want, with no compromise, no accommodation, no moderation … even if people in wheelchairs, or using walkers or canes who suffer … and only AFTER that, will they then lower themselves to “consult”.
The real VICTORS in all this are COPE: two members from a party that has no realistic hope of ever taking power at City Hall or BC wide, have been allowed to exercise exceptional power at the Park Board, taking advantage of the Green’s naivety in aligning with them .
Meanwhile, let us mourn and thank the dead canary, for alerting us to what life would really be like under the GREENS.
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