Kennedy Stewart élu maire de Vancouver dans une course extrêmement serrée


L’ancien député fédéral néo-démocrate Kennedy Stewart a remporté une course extrêmement serrée à la mairie de Vancouver, et d’autres bouleversements ont été enregistrés dans les élections municipales dans la région.

Les résultats ont été annoncés tôt dimanche matin, et ses partisans ont célébré la victoire de M. Stewart comme celle d’un premier maire indépendant à Vancouver depuis plus de 30 ans.

Il a devancé le candidat de la formation Non-Partisan Association (NPA) Ken Sim par seulement 984 voix.

M. Stewart a déclaré à une foule de partisans qu’ils avaient voté pour « un plan audacieux, mais réalisable ». Il a ajouté qu’il commencerait immédiatement à tenir ses promesses électorales, telles que l’augmentation du nombre de logements et la création d’un groupe de travail dans le Downtown Eastside visant à enrayer la crise des opioïdes.

M. Sim a affirmé tôt dimanche matin qu’il ne cédait pas la victoire, disant croire qu’il restait encore des bulletins de vote à comptabiliser.

La victoire de M. Stewart met fin au règne de dix ans de Vision Vancouver sous le maire sortant Gregor Robertson, qui n’a pas brigué sa réélection et qui a laissé derrière lui une crise du logement devenue le principal thème de la campagne.

C’est l’un des nombreux revirements dans la région métropolitaine de Vancouver qui a également vu le retour de l’ancien maire Doug McCallum à Surrey et une victoire de l’ancien pompier Mike Hurley ayant éclipsé le maire Derek Corrigan fort de cinq mandats à Burnaby.

Impact sur le gouvernement provincial

À Nanaimo, la victoire du député néo-démocrate Leonard Krog met en doute le maintien au pouvoir du gouvernement provincial minoritaire, étant donné que son départ enclenchera une élection complémentaire.

Cela ne sera pas suffisant pour faire basculer l’équilibre du pouvoir en faveur des libéraux contre un gouvernement néo-démocrate minoritaire soutenu par les verts, mais il l’amènerait au bord de la falaise.

Les libéraux ont 42 sièges à l’Assemblée législative, et les néo-démocrates en ont 41, incluant celui occupé par M. Krog. Les verts ont trois sièges, et il y a un député indépendant.


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Police charge 20-year-old man in fatal Kennedy subway station stabbing


Toronto police have charged a man in relation to a fatal stabbing at Kennedy subway station on Saturday, police said.

Mohammad Raswoli, 20, of Toronto has been charged with second-degree murder. He was arrested at the scene.

Toronto police have charged a man in relation to a fatal stabbing at Kennedy subway station on Saturday, police said.
Toronto police have charged a man in relation to a fatal stabbing at Kennedy subway station on Saturday, police said.  (Rene Johnston / Toronto Star)

The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Stephen Louis MacDonald.

Toronto paramedics responded to reports of a stabbing inside Kennedy subway station in Scarborough on Saturday evening. When paramedics arrived, they found MacDonald had been seriously injured.

He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact investigators at 416-808-7400 or anonymously at Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

Stefanie Marotta is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @StefanieMarotta


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Kennedy Stewart elected mayor of Vancouver


For the first time in more than three decades, Vancouver has elected an independent mayor, choosing Kennedy Stewart from a crowded field of contenders.

Stewart ran on a centre-left platform, promising that housing affordability would be his first priority. He’s pledged to emphasize non-profit housing solutions for low and medium income residents, and to form an emergency task force to deal with the city’s opioid crisis.

The former NDP MP for Burnaby South was the frontrunner heading into Saturday’s vote, but he was in for a tough fight against the NPA’s Ken Sim for most of the night.

It took until the final votes from all 133 polling places were counted before Stewart could be safely declared the winner, with 49,812 votes to Sim’s 48,828. Independent Shauna Sylvester wasn’t far behind, with 35,537.

Sussanne Skidmore, left, and her partner Lisa Langevin, right, share a kiss in celebration after Kennedy Stewart was declared mayor-elect in Vancouver on Saturday. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

It was a long night for everyone involved in this year’s election.

The polls officially closed at 8 p.m., but long lines at a handful of polling places meant the city held off counting votes until close to 9:30 p.m.

It would take more than three more hours before Stewart was declared the winner.

Women dominate council

The last time Vancouver had an independent mayor was from 1980 to 1986, when Mike Harcourt was in power.

Stewart will lead a mixed council, with no one party holding a clear majority of votes. Five NPA councillors, three Greens and one person each from COPE and OneCity were voted in Saturday night.

Returning councillor Adriane Carr easily captured the highest vote total of the night, edging out fellow Green Pete Fry.

After winning a close race against Ken Sim, Stewart reaffirms his focus on housing affordability. 6:40

Remarkably, eight of the city’s 10 councillors will be women. The total complement of councillors includes:

  • Melissa de Genova (NPA)
  • Lisa Dominato (NPA)
  • Rebecca Bligh (NPA)
  • Sarah Kirby-Yung (NPA)
  • Colleen Hardwick (NPA)
  • Adriane Carr (Green)
  • Pete Fry (Green)
  • Michael Wiebe (Green)
  • Christine Boyle (OneCity)
  • Jean Swanson (COPE)

Vision Vancouver nearly wiped out

The results mean that after 10 years of dominating city politics, Vision Vancouver has been locked out of the council chambers entirely.

In fact, the once-powerful party has been reduced to just one school trustee, Allan Wong, and he barely just squeaked in, winning the final of nine positions by fewer than 400 votes.

The next school board will include:

  • Janet Fraser (Green)
  • Estrellita Gonzalez (Green)
  • Lois Chan-Pedley (Green)
  • Oliver Hanson (NPA)
  • Fraser Ballantyne (NPA)
  • Carmen Cho (NPA)
  • Jennifer Reddy (OneCity)
  • Barb Parrott (COPE)
  • Allan Wong (Vision Vancouver)

Kennedy Stewart speaks to the media after being elected mayor of Vancouver on Oct. 20, 2018. It’s the first time the city has elected an independent candidate in more than 30 years. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

The Green Party had a strong showing across all three of Vancouver’s elected bodies, winning three seats on each of the park board, school board and council.

Vancouver’s new park board will include:

  • Stuart MacKinnon (Green)
  • Dave Demers (Green)
  • Camil Dumont (Green)
  • John Coupar (NPA)
  • Tricia Barker (NPA)
  • Gwen Giesbrecht (COPE)
  • John Irwin (COPE)

Read CBC’s coverage of civic elections across B.C.


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Kennedy Stewart beat out competition in tight Vancouver election that offered voters tons of options


VANCOUVER— Former federal New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart is Vancouver’s next mayor, defeating a massive slate of candidates and new political parties in the city while running as an independent.

Stewart, the first independent mayor in the city in three decades, beat out the Non-Partisan Association’s Ken Sim by fewer than 1,000 votes. Early Sunday Sim refused to concede the race.

The win provided a photo finish to an election campaign offering voters one of the largest ballots to choose from following the end of a 10-year reign by Vision Vancouver, which was dogged by a housing crisis over the last four years.

As well, the Green Party made a strong showing adding councillors, school trustees and park board commissioners while topping the polls in all three arenas.

During his victory speech Stewart thanked Ken Sim for running a strong campaign, and praised Hector Bremner for a “very brave” race, before talking about his plans to build 85,000 new homes in Vancouver over the next decade and strengthening the city’s conflict of interest rules.

“They voted for a plan that is bold but achievable,” Stewart said.

He also praised the city for the number of women elected.

“We got seven women elected to council. That’s amazing. Can’t believe it. It’s a lot to take in.”

During the speech Stewart, who left his seat in Parliament just months ago, recounted when he launched his campaign, how he heard late NDP leader Jack Layton’s voice: “Never let them tell you it can’t be done.”

Meanwhile, Vision Vancouver, which held a 10-year grip on city council was reduced to rubble with just one candidate for school trustee barely holding on to the last position on the ballot as the final votes were being counted Saturday.

The city’s housing crisis was the dominant issue throughout the election, with all parties claiming to have the answer to exorbitant rents and property prices in Vancouver.

Only one Vision Vancouver incumbent councillor ran for reelection and the party’s mayoralty candidate Ian Campbell dropped out of the race in September citing “the political landscape and my complicated personal journey.” His party said Campbell had failed to disclose an assault charge stayed by the crown eight years ago.

Friday the party then pulled candidate Wei Qiao Zhang from the race, giving little explanation except to say information about Zhang had come to light.

Winning for her third term as a city councillor, Adrienne Carr said she was « very excited » and « honoured » to have so much support from voters. At the Green Party election headquarters at Creekside community centre, she said that the Greens will work to create consensus with the rest of an often divisive city council.

« We will work with whoever is elected to find common ground, » Carr said.

Carr, one of the front runners for city council who had considered a run for mayor, has fielded criticism for voting against duplex housing and increased density projects on council. But she said that her aim was to first do the research into what is best for Vancouver before deciding on anything — which she said she will move forward with on council.

« I feel very strongly we need to move on a citywide plan, » she said, but underscored that much more research needed to be done before determining « what kind of housing we need, and where. »

At the YES Vancouver election night party at Cinema Public House on the Granville strip, the mood is lively despite none of the candidates winning a seat.

While Hector Bremner expressed disappointment over losing his mayoral bid and giving up his council seat, he said he was « blessed to have all these people out today. »

But he said when he was out campaigning on the streets, « we had huge support, » and was concerned voter turnout would be lower than in past years.

Looking at the results, Bremner, who lost his bid for mayoral candidates with the NPA and went on run with YES Vancouver, predicted further challenges among city councillors who he said were « very entrenched » in divisive politics.

« I think it’s going to be a very divided council, » he said.

Meanwhile, former federal Conservative MP for Vancouver South Wai Young, running under the right-wing Coalition Vancouver party, conceded earlier in the night.

In the heart of the Vancouver South riding in the Sunset neighbourhood, a relatively small group of loyal, and politically-“moderate” supporters of Wai Young gathered on election night.

“We were the only ones talking about other things besides housing,” Young said. “Although we know housing is a big issue, but there were other issues in the city that needs to be addressed: opioid crisis, homelessness, the cleanliness of the city, the small business people that are feeling (like) prisoners in their own businesses because of the situation — the taxes.”

Elsewhere in Metro Vancouver, former Surrey mayor Doug McCallum is once again office after a 13-year break brought about by his ouster in 2005.

The numbers are not yet official, but McCallum was 13,000 votes ahead when his chief opponent Tom Gill from the Surrey First Party conceded Saturday evening.

Elsewhere, after five terms as mayor of Burnaby, Derek Corrigan has been defeated by challenger Mike Hurley. Corrigan was first elected in 2002 and faced controversy in his last term over housing challenges in the city.

In a recent interview with StarMetro, Corrigan said he was being unfairly attacked by housing activists in the city. Meanwhile, Hurley was climbing in the polls.

“They can disrupt; it attracts media attention,” he said. “But I don’t think that reflect the issues our community is concerned about.”

Corrigan is the second ouster of the night.

In Port Moody incumbent mayor Mike Clay lost by just under 400 votes to one-term councillor Rob Vagramov.

Smaller cities across Metro Vancouver have started to have their elections settled as the City of North Vancouver has elected Linda C. Buchanan while the District of North Vancouver has ushered in Mike Little.

In White Rock, Darryl Walker has been elected with 30 per cent of the vote.

Meanwhile, the full results from some of the larger cities have yet to come in, including Vancouver.

After a 10-year run, mayor Gregor Robertson did not renew his bid for mayor of Vancouver proper and his party, Vision Vancouver, was left with no mayoral candidate after Ian Campbell pulled out of the race in September.

But there’s no shortage of challengers for the top job in Vancouver politics.

StarMetro has a team of reporters planted across the city and will be tracking these and other major and important races throughout Metro Vancouver as the night goes on.


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One dead in Kennedy subway station stabbing


A man is dead after being stabbed in Kennedy subway station Saturday night, Toronto police say.

Toronto paramedics responded to reports of a stabbing inside Kennedy subway station in Scarborough at around 5:15 p.m. When paramedics arrived, they found one man had been seriously injured.

Toronto police say a fight broke out between two men inside the station, with one man receiving stab wounds.

The victim, a 25-year-old man, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Toronto paramedics.

Police have arrested one male suspect in the parking lot of Kennedy station. The subway is closed at Kennedy station so the homicide unit can continue their investigation.

Shuttle buses are operating both ways between Warden subway station and Scarborough Centre and picking up and dropping off passengers at Kennedy station.

Marjan Asadullah is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @marjanasadullah


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