Vancouver municipal election, 2011

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Vancouver municipal election, 2011
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11 seats in Vancouver City Council
  First party Second party Third party
  Gregor Robertson Burrard.jpg Suzanne Anton (November 2010).jpg Adriane Carr of the Green Party.jpg
Leader Gregor Robertson Suzanne Anton Adriane Carr
(de facto)
Party Vision NPA Green
Leader since June, 2008 2011 2011
Leader's seat Mayor Ran for Mayor (lost) Councillor
Last election 8 seats, 54.39% 1 seat, 39.26% 0 seats, N/A
Seats won 8 2 1
Seat change ±0 +1 +1
Popular vote 77,005 58,152 N/A
Percentage 53.17% 40.15% N/A
Swing -1.21% +0.89% N/A

  Fourth party Fifth party
  Ellen-woodsworth.jpg
Leader Ellen Woodsworth
(de facto)
Randy Helten
Party COPE NSV
Leader since 2011 2007
Leader's seat Ran for Councillor (lost) Ran for Mayor (lost)
Last election 2 seats, N/A N/A
Seats won 0 0
Seat change -2 ±0
Popular vote N/A 4,077
Percentage N/A 2.77%
Swing N/A N/A

Mayor before election

Gregor Robertson
Vision

Elected Mayor

Gregor Robertson
Vision

The City of Vancouver held a municipal election on November 19, 2011, along with other municipalities and regional districts in British Columbia. All local government elections were for a three-year period. The ballot elected one Mayor, 10 councillors, nine school board trustees and seven park board commissioners. A $180 million capital borrowing plan[1] was also put to a vote.

Incumbent Mayor Gregor Robertson and the Vision Vancouver Party sought and won their second term in office following their victory in the 2008 election. All Vision Vancouver candidates won seats in their respective categories.[2]

Suzanne Anton lost her bid as mayor but the NPA team gained seats in council, Park Board and School Board. COPE was nearly wiped out this election, losing both seats in city council. Its only elected official was School Board trustee incumbent Allan Wong.[3] On December 8, 2013, Wong resigned from COPE and joined Vision as a sitting trustee.

The Green Party of Vancouver had its first elected city councillor with Adriane Carr, but lost its incumbent seat in the Park Board.[4] New party NSV did not win any seats in council. Leader Randy Helten placed a distant third in the mayoral race.

Candidates and results[edit]

The nomination period officially opened on October 4, 2011 and closed on October 14, 2011. This was the second election where Vision Vancouver and the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) signed an electoral agreement to support each other's candidates for election.[5][6] (I) denotes incumbents.

Mayor[edit]

Poster from the 2011 Vancouver municipal elections

Twelve candidates sought election to the position of mayor. Four were affiliated with a political party and eight were independents. Incumbent mayor Gregor Robertson of Vision Vancouver was re-elected.

Candidate Name Party affiliation Votes % of votes Elected
(I) Robertson, GregorGregor Robertson Vision Vancouver 77,005 53.17% X
Anton, SuzanneSuzanne Anton Non-Partisan Association 58,152 40.15%
Helten, RandyRandy Helten Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver 4,007 2.77%
McGuire, GerryGerry McGuire Vancouver Citizen's Voice 1,195 0.83%
Pelletier, SamSam Pelletier Independent 443 0.31%
Zimmerman, DarrellDarrell Zimmerman Independent 426 0.29%
Dubgee Independent 419 0.29%
Lawrance, RobinRobin Lawrance Independent 353 0.24%
Paquette, Victor B.Victor B. Paquette Independent 333 0.23%
Cooke, Lloyd AlanLloyd Alan Cooke Independent 310 0.21%
Caissy, MenardMenard Caissy Independent 288 0.20%
Buday, Gölök ZoltánGölök Zoltán Buday Independent 268 0.19%

City Councillors[edit]

Ten councillors were elected out of 41 candidates. Of the candidates, 28 were affiliated with a political party, and 13 were independent. Seven incumbent councillors sought re-election: six from Vision Vancouver and one from COPE. Of those subsequently elected, Vision Vancouver held seven seats, the NPA two and the Green Party of Vancouver one.

Candidate Name Party Affiliation Votes % of Votes Elected
(I) Louie, RaymondRaymond Louie Vision Vancouver 63,273 43.69% X
(I) Jang, KerryKerry Jang Vision Vancouver 61,931 42.76% X
(I) Deal, HeatherHeather Deal Vision Vancouver 61,368 42.37% X
(I) Reimer, AndreaAndrea Reimer Vision Vancouver 60,593 41.84% X
(I) Stevenson, TimTim Stevenson Vision Vancouver 56,638 39.11% X
(I) Meggs, GeoffGeoff Meggs Vision Vancouver 56,184 38.79% X
Tang, TonyTony Tang Vision Vancouver 53,873 37.20% X
Ball, ElizabethElizabeth Ball Non-Partisan Association 51,607 35.63% X
Affleck, GeorgeGeorge Affleck Non-Partisan Association 51,145 35.32% X
Carr, AdrianeAdriane Carr Green Party of Vancouver 48,648 33.59% X
(I) Woodsworth, EllenEllen Woodsworth Coalition of Progressive Electors 48,557 33.53%
Yuen, BillBill Yuen Non-Partisan Association 48,407 33.42%
Klassen, MikeMike Klassen Non-Partisan Association 47,868 33.05%
Charko, KenKen Charko Non-Partisan Association 45,373 31.33%
McCreery, BillBill McCreery Non-Partisan Association 45,114 31.15%
Wong, FrancisFrancis Wong Non-Partisan Association 44,707 30.87%
Louis, TimTim Louis Coalition of Progressive Electors 43,926 30.33%
Bickerton, SeanSean Bickerton Non-Partisan Association 43,289 29.89%
Carangi, JoeJoe Carangi Non-Partisan Association 41,460 28.63%
Aquino, RJRJ Aquino Coalition of Progressive Electors 39,054 26.97%
Lamarche, JasonJason Lamarche Non-Partisan Association 37,286 25.75%
Garossino, SandySandy Garossino Independent 20,866 14.41%
Murphy, ElizabethElizabeth Murphy Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver 19,644 13.56%
Benson, NicoleNicole Benson Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver 17,983 12.42%
Martin, TerryTerry Martin Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver 13,025 8.99%
Kerchum, MarieMarie Kerchum Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver 12,614 8.71%
Shaw, ChrisChris Shaw De-Growth Vancouver 8,219 5.68%
Gregson, IanIan Gregson De-Growth Vancouver 7,872 5.44%
Fox, AmyAmy Fox Independent 6,499 4.49%
Alm, KellyKelly Alm Independent 5,525 3.82%
Fraser, GrantGrant Fraser Independent 4,758 3.29%
Masson, ChrisChris Masson De-Growth Vancouver 4,690 3.24%
Gill, Lauren R.I.C.H.Lauren R.I.C.H. Gill Independent 4,682 3.23%
Dharni, Michael SinghMichael Singh Dharni Independent 4,167 2.88%
Nguyen, Marc TanMarc Tan Nguyen Independent 4,118 2.84%
Orser, RickRick Orser Independent 3,996 2.76%
Wendythirteen Independent 3,926 2.71%
Nguyen, BangBang Nguyen Independent 3,826 2.64%
Copeland, Cord (Ted)Cord (Ted) Copeland Independent 3,587 2.48%
Spires, Aaaron R.I.C.H.Aaaron R.I.C.H. Spires Independent 2,200 1.52%
Maxwell N Bur, R HR H Maxwell N Bur Independent 1,955 1.35%

Park Commissioners[edit]

Seven commissioners were elected out of 21 candidates. Of the candidates, 15 were affiliated with a political party, and six were independent. Four incumbent commissioners sought re-election: three from Vision Vancouver and one from the Green Party of Vancouver. Of the elected commissioners, Vision held five seats and the NPA two.

Candidate Name Party Affiliation Votes % of Votes Elected
(I) Barnes, ConstanceConstance Barnes Vision Vancouver 63,952 44.16% X
(I) Blyth, SarahSarah Blyth Vision Vancouver 62,198 42.95% X
(I) Jasper, AaronAaron Jasper Vision Vancouver 58,343 40.29% X
Sharma, NikiNiki Sharma Vision Vancouver 58,330 40.28% X
De Genova, MelissaMelissa De Genova Non-Partisan Association 56,501 39.01% X
Coupar, JohnJohn Coupar Non-Partisan Association 50,375 34.78% X
Loke, TrevorTrevor Loke Vision Vancouver 49,878 34.44% X
Crawford, CaseyCasey Crawford Non-Partisan Association 49,020 33.85%
Kalaw, GabbyGabby Kalaw Non-Partisan Association 48,600 33.56%
Upton, JasonJason Upton Non-Partisan Association 46,261 31.94%
Pasin, DaveDave Pasin Non-Partisan Association 46,005 31.77%
(I) Mackinnon, StuartStuart Mackinnon Green Party of Vancouver 44,761 30.91%
Granby, BrentBrent Granby Coalition of Progressive Electors 42,769 29.53%
Greenwell-Baker, DonaldaDonalda Greenwell-Baker Coalition of Progressive Electors 39,033 26.95%
Hamilton, Jamie LeeJamie Lee Hamilton Independent Democratic Electoral Alliance 19,495 13.46%
Andalis, Juliet VictoriaJuliet Victoria Andalis Independent 12,693 8.76%
Hadley, EleanorEleanor Hadley Independent 10,754 9.37%
Murray, AndrewAndrew Murray Independent 9,819 6.78%
Truong, TammyTammy Truong Independent 8,917 6.16%
Haskell, Peter RaymondPeter Raymond Haskell Independent 5,540 3.83%
Pri Toor, FreyjaFreyja Pri Toor Independent 5,062 3.50%

School Trustees[edit]

Nine school trustees were elected out of 20 candidates. Of the candidates, 15 were affiliated with a political party, and five were independent. Seven incumbent trustees were seeking re-election: three from Vision Vancouver, three from COPE, and one from the NPA. Of the elected trustees, five were from Vision Vancouver, three from the NPA and one from COPE.

Candidate Name Party Affiliation Votes % of Votes Elected
(I) Bacchus, PattiPatti Bacchus Vision Vancouver 72,025 49.73% X
(I) Lombardi, MikeMike Lombardi Vision Vancouver 65,411 45.17% X
(I) Clement, KenKen Clement Vision Vancouver 61,994 42.81% X
Payne, CherieCherie Payne Vision Vancouver 61,874 42.72% X
(I) Denike, KenKen Denike Non-Partisan Association 59,310 40.95% X
(I) Wong, AllanAllan Wong Coalition of Progressive Electors 57,902 39.98% X
Wynen, RobRob Wynen Vision Vancouver 56,763 39.19% X
Woo, SophiaSophia Woo Non-Partisan Association 55,890 38.59% X
Ballantyne, FraserFraser Ballantyne Non-Partisan Association 55,713 38.47% X
Robertson, StacyStacy Robertson Non-Partisan Association 54,275 37.48%
Giesbrecht, GwenGwen Giesbrecht Coalition of Progressive Electors 52,470 36.23%
(I) Bouey, JaneJane Bouey Coalition of Progressive Electors 52,026 35.92%
(I) Blakey, AlAl Blakey Coalition of Progressive Electors 51,963 35.88%
Sharma, SandySandy Sharma Non-Partisan Association 49,843 34.42%
Boutin, LouiseLouise Boutin Green Party of Vancouver 34,477 23.81%
Harvey, LilyLily Harvey Independent 20,314 14.03%
Lauenstein, MishaMisha Lauenstein Independent 14,297 9.87%
Stark, Robert AllanRobert Allan Stark Independent 13,391 9.25%
Nguyen, BangBang Nguyen Independent 12,903 8.91%
Haskell, Peter RaymondPeter Raymond Haskell Independent 11,915 8.23%

Capital Plan Questions[edit]

1. Are you in favour of Council having the authority, without further assent of the electors, to pass by-laws between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2014 to borrow an aggregate $65,800,000 for the following purposes?

  • Community Facilities at $58,600,000
  • Parks at $7,200,000
Option Votes Percentage
Yes 81,605 63.39%
No 47,124 36.61%
Total Votes 128,729 100%

2. Are you in favour of Council having the authority, without further assent of the electors, to pass by-laws between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2014 to borrow an aggregate $66,300,000 for the following purposes?

  • Street and Bridge Infrastructure at $41,150,000
  • Transit and Safety Improvements at $8,500,000
  • Street Lighting, Traffic Signals and Communications Systems at $16,650,000
Option Votes Percentage
Yes 88,640 68.85%
No 40,095 31.15%
Total Votes 128,735 100%

3. Are you in favour of Council having the authority, without further assent of the electors, to pass by-laws between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2014 to borrow an aggregate $47,700,000 for the following purposes?

  • Public Safety Facilities at $13,200,000
  • Civic Facilities at $34,500,000
Option Votes Percentage
Yes 87,515 68.23%
No 40,740 31.76%
Total Votes 128,255 100%

Voter and party statistics[edit]

Voter turnout[edit]

Of the 418,878 registered voters, there were 144,823 recorded ballots, marking the voter turnout at 34.57%.[7] This is an increase from the 30.79% turnout during the previous municipal election in 2008.

Elected percentage by party[edit]

Of the parties represented, only Vision Vancouver had its entire slate of candidates elected in all fields.

Party Mayor Councillors Park Commissioners School Trustees Total candidates
# Elected % Elected # Elected % Elected # Elected % Elected # Elected % Elected # Elected % Elected
Vision Vancouver 1/1 100.0% 7/7 100.0% 5/5 100.0% 5/5 100.0% 18/18 100.0%
Green Party of Vancouver NIL N/A 1/1 100.0% 0/1 0.0% 0/1 0.0% 1/3 33.3%
Non-Partisan Association 0/1 0.0% 2/10 20.0% 2/6 33.3% 3/5 60.0% 7/22 31.8%
Coalition of Progressive Electors NIL N/A 0/3 0.0% 0/2 0.0% 1/4 25.0% 1/9 11.1%
Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver 0/1 0.0% 0/4 0.0% NIL N/A NIL N/A 0/5 0.0%
De-Growth Vancouver NIL N/A 0/3 0.0% NIL N/A NIL N/A 0/3 0.0%
Vancouver Citizen's Voice 0/1 0.0% NIL N/A NIL N/A NIL N/A 0/1 0.0%
Independent Democratic Electoral Alliance NIL N/A NIL N/A 0/1 0.0% NIL N/A 0/1 0.0%
Independent candidates 0/8 0.0% 0/13 0.0% 0/6 0.0% 0/5 0.0% 0/32 0.0%

Seat changes by party[edit]

Party Mayor & Councillors Park Commissioners School Trustees Total elected
2008 2011 % Change % Seats 2008 2011 % Change % Seats 2008 2011 % Change % Seats 2008 2011 % Change % Seats
Vision Vancouver 8 8 ±0.00% 72.73% 4 5 +25.00% 71.43% 4 5 +25.00% 55.56% 16 18 +12.50% 66.67%
Non-Partisan Association 1 2 +100.00% 18.18% 1 2 +100.00% 28.57% 2 3 +50.00% 33.33% 4 7 +75.00% 25.93%
Green Party of Vancouver 0 1 N/A 9.09% 1 0 -100.00% 0.00% 0 0 ±0.00% 0.00% 1 1 ±0.00% 3.70%
Coalition of Progressive Electors 2 0 -100.00% 0.00% 1 0 -100.00% 0.00% 3 1 -66.67% 11.11% 6 1 -83.33% 3.70%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Capital Plan 2012-2014 at vancouver.ca
  2. ^ Spencer, Kent; Olivier, Cassidy (November 20, 2011). "Robertson leads Vision sweep". The Province. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ O'Connor, Naoibh (November 21, 2011). "COPE's last man standing speaks". Vancouver Courier. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Sandra (November 19, 2011). "Adriane Carr makes Vancouver city council history". Vancouver Courier. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ Howell, Mike (November 21, 2011). "COPE infighting follows Vancouver election disaster". Vancouver Courier. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 
  6. ^ Carrigg, David (November 20, 2011). "Veteran left-wing COPE squeezed out of picture". The Province. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 
  7. ^ Percent Voter Turnout Calculations for BC Municipalities CivicInfo BC. Retrieved 2011-11-20

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