Vancouver votes from its heart

Gregor Robertson is Vancouver’s new mayor. The city, as it usually does, has voted from its heart rather than from its head. Mr. Robertson evoked stronger empathy than his opponent Peter Ladner, who was strong on the issues but couldn’t make an emotional connection with Vancouver voters.

Province newspaper editorial writer Jon Ferry agrees with my assessment.

As someone who likes to balance head and heart politics, I’m a disappointed voter. Today, the people have spoken (albeit in yet another record low voter turnout), and we have 3 years to see how this mayor and council will perform.

Charlie Smith of the Georgia Straight, one of the best analysts on civic politics in print, offers his own views on the NPA’s future choices.