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Geoff Meggs is running!
This piece is not about Meggs seeking a provincial nomination with the NDP in Vancouver-Fairview — all the while clinging to his Vancouver City Council seat.
Geoff Meggs is running — away from local constituents that he invited out for a coffee on a Saturday afternoon.
A solid demonstration of around two dozen people came out to meet Geoff, but then Geoff decided not to show! With no regrets conveyed.
This is the sort of guy who makes a date and then leaves you stood up. This is the antidemocratic character who famously declared: The consultation was the election and this is the delivery.
From 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the corner of Main and 13th, neither hide nor hair was sighted of that wily political beast. Where else might Geoff have hiked off to on the afternoon of 29 Sept 2012? After all, he said he needed "a break from doorknocking."
Meggs is ducking out on a pile of political liabilities. No wonder so many people were out to try to meet up with him.
Try these. Complete disregard of community input on the rezoning of Kingsway and Broadway in favor of the developer desires of Rize Alliance. Promotion of a gentrification scorched earth policy across Vancouver. Impending profitization of social housing at Heather Place. A disappeared Mount Pleasant outdoor swimming pool. Acting as Council shill-head for the Task Force on Affordable Housing (whatever "affordable" is supposed to mean).
Now Meggs would like to represent Vancouver-Fairview at the provincial level?
This is not the first "Geoff Meggs welcoming committee" that has sprung up from local grassroots. On 22 April 2012 about one-quarter as many people turned out at Hillcrest Community Centre for the AGM of the NDP riding association to convey a personal greeting.
Something seems to be adhering to Geoff Meggs. Could this have anything to do with his four years of serving as the brains and voice that inhabit the Gregor Robertson automaton?