Instead of facing up to the fact that the current NPA Board is skewing far to the right — or, indeed, choosing to celebrate that fact — they have decided on the Donald Trump course of action: sue everyone and hope that keeps their critics quiet.
On Thursday, seven of the NPA Directors sued Mayor Kennedy Stewart for issuing “a highly defamatory” press release attacking the NPA and engaging in “hate speech for political gain”. The City of Vancouver was included in the suit, claiming that the communications staff “conspired” with the Mayor in his defamatory remarks.
The elected NPA Caucus, long at odds with the party’s Board, issued a statement noting that they had not been consulted before the lawsuit was filed.
The Caucus’s demand that an AGM be held has also gone unanswered to this point. A long-time NPA supporter and previous Board member wrote to me the other day doubting that the Board could organize a proper AGM: “They couldn’t work their way out of a paper bag,” they wrote.
Word on the street is that Ken Sim — who barely failed to be elected as NPA’s mayoral candidate in 2018 — is thinking of starting a new party. Given the resources that one suspects will be behind his next run for office, I would assume that he could have engineered a takeover of the NPA if he and his backers thought there was any value left in the brand. Apparently they don’t, so why should anyone else?
Low drama on the civic scene – great fun for those of us on the outside looking in.