Rob Shaw: Municipal election results should concern BC NDP

Rob Shaw: Municipal election results should concern BC NDP
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WatchGrumpy voters intent on change upended almost three dozen incumbent mayors in the municipal election, a concern for the BC NDP. Rob Shaw has more.

Grumpy voters intent on change upended almost three dozen incumbent mayors in the municipal election.

That is concerning for the NDP government — five and a half years into power, facing complex crises and drifting during a leadership race

Several of its top MLAs endorsed Kennedy Stewart in Vancouver, who got thrashed by voters.

A couple of other takeaways here: a cranky electorate pours a big bucket of cold water on those rumours of a snap provincial election should David Eby win the leadership race. That’d be a hugely risky move.

Also, it’s a pretty clear sign the government needs to propose more ambitious ideas to tackle the big issues voters are upset about crime, homelessness, housing and healthcare to name a few, because voters are in a less talk, more action kind of mood.

It’s a funny thing about politics, when voters want change, you either give it to them, or they take it from you — as many mayors found out Saturday night.

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