Should we elect our Vancouver Park Board commissioners? Let’s debate it
The six o’clock news is not where you want to debate an important topic like the future of an elected Vancouver Park Board, but it’s a great place to get people to notice the topic.
Last night GlobalTV’s Ron Bencze interviewed Coun. Andrea Reimer and CityCaucus.com’s own Mike Klassen on the topic. Reimer appears to have made up her mind in favour of the status quo. She says it makes the Park system more accountable.
Mike, on the other hand, is undecided. He points out that it usually is a political tool of council, and regarded widely as a "farm team" for future councillors (although we have a hard time imaging anyone from Vision’s PB caucus making that leap). Would a leaner, meaner City Hall run Vancouver’s park system more efficiently?
I’ve written on this topic before here, and it generated much debate on our blog. It’s certainly not a topic that’s going away.