While we’ve all been focused on Covid, BC’s Final 2020 Election results were released … and despite the initial spin and the hype, they were NOT good for the BC Greens.
Not only did the party LOSE one seat, dropping to two seats from three …. a third of the total number of seats the BC Greens had won in the 2017 election … it’s share of the overall popular vote also DROPPED, from 16.84% to 15.8%.
This, despite widespread public unhappiness at Premier John Horgan and the NDP government’s decision to call an early snap election, right in the middle of an escalating pandemic.
How could that happen? Especially at a time of growing BC, national and even global concerns over the environment, climate change, storms, wildfires and rising temperatures?
I put it to you that enough British Columbians, near and far, were turned off and reacted against the 2020 extremism of the Vancouver Park Board Greens … and the negative impact, coverage that received.
Over and over again on this blog, beginning in May, I exposed how the Vancouver Park Board Greens, in co-operation with their COPE allies, were discriminating against the physically challenged, the elderly blockading access to waterfront and beach parking lots … even denying access to handicapped spots!
And also, there was that disgusting TOTAL ban of cars from Stanley Park … the fascist-style dictatorial governance of the Greens, pretty well’ reserving the entire seven kilometer road around the park for their version of the “beautiful people”: those fit/able enough to hike, run, bike or roller blade around the park.
To hell with easy access for the handicapped in wheel chairs, other mobility challenged, frail seniors, or families with kids to tote along!
It took some time … proud now to say I wrote TWELVE blogs about the parking blockades/park ban … and the mainstream media and open-mouth pundits finally got on to what was going on; an on-line petition was signed by 30,000 British Columbians; and, some physically challenged even held public held protests, trying to get the Green/COPE dominated Park Board to show some humanity.
It took until late June, when ONE lane was finally re-opened to vehicles … but even then, only part way (some exits are STILL closed to vehicles today!)… and the Stanley Park road became an ugly orange-cone-lined construction site … with access to restaurants, scenic stops and much of the parking still blockaded.
Hurtful … and impractical!
British Columbians were watching … and clearly were NOT amused!
In my blog piece after the election was called, I appealed to voters to send a message to the GREENS in October’s vote: http://harveyoberfeld.ca/blog/bc-election-your-chance-to-make-the-greens-pay-for-their-silence-discrimination-exclusion-of-handicapped-elderly-by-the-green-dominated-park-board/.
Apparently they did! 🙂
Yes, the BC Greens’ share of the total vote DROPPED … and they lost what could have been their first seat on BC’s mainland: West Vancouver Sea to Sky.
Because what the media has not noticed (ho hum) is how West Vancouverites were particularly affected and disrespected by the Park Board Greens’ extremist measures.
As part of the Park Board Green’s extended stupidity, even after the Stanley Park road was partially re-opened to vehicles, they still refused to re-open either the ENTRANCE into the park from the Lion’s Gate Bridge OR the EXIT onto the bridge from the park … even though NEITHER of those interfered in any way with the bicycle lane that remained on the right side of the roadway inside the park.
Just think what was therefore involved for anyone from West Vancouver (Capilano or Sea to Sky) wanting to enter Stanley Park: the convoluted driving pattern (down Georgia and then circling back on West End streets along Georgia again and then going through that whole process on exiting back onto Georgia and back around West End streets discouraged many from even trying.
Just nastiness, seems to me, by the Park Board Greens/COPE … and it ended up costing the BC Greens!
The Greens lost the West Vancouver Sea to Sky riding to the NDP by 41 votes. It’s not unreasonable to conclude that at least some of the 24,565 voters in that riding were really unhappy, turned off by the Greens’ Park Board exclusionary actions.
A judicial recount will be held; but how ironic if the loss stands; the vote coming just months after the Vancouver Greens snubbed West Vancouver’s 42,000 residents so badly!
Revenge of the excluded!
The Greens are now down to only two seats in the legislature … and NONE on the mainland. And province-wide, a lower percentage of the popular vote they captured in 2017.
I believe most British Columbians ARE environmentally concerned and conscious.
BUT we are moderates, who do support change and improvement, however, along with INCLUSION and RESPECT for others … especially the handicapped, the elderly and families with kids unable to ride, run or cycle their way into the park or ride buses from home or hike in, balancing their blankets and picnic baskets on their heads!
The voters taught the Greens a lesson: BC doesn’t like extremists, dictators.
Did the Park Board Greens learn? Did BC Greens learn?
If they didn’t, it will be at their own electoral peril.
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