|Gabriel Yiu, on left, with residents of Vancouver-Fraserview riding |
supporting Fight HST campaign, June 2011
GABRIEL YIU WINS BC NDP NOMINATION IN VANCOUVER-FRASERVIEW!
Congratulations to Gabriel Yiu - he will be the next BC NDP candidate in Vancouver-Fraserview riding!
Gabriel won by a margin of 130 votes to 95 for Vancouver city councilor George Chow.
Why I supported Gabriel Yiu for the New Democratic Party nomination in Vancouver-Fraserview riding on Sunday November 6
By Bill Tieleman
The answer is in the picture above - it's that simple.
Gabriel Yiu has been an incredible activist in his community and home riding of Vancouver-Fraserview. His work with me, Bill Vander Zalm, Chris Delaney and thousands of other activists for the amazing success of the Fight HST citizens Initiative campaign and referendum to extinguish the HST has been remarkable.
If Gabriel had done nothing else, I would be supporting him for the nomination. But he has done far more than that. Gabriel has been the voice of the NDP in the Chinese-Canadian community for many years - even when it was a very difficult time in the early period of the BC Liberal government of ex-Premier Gordon Campbell.
But there were even more hard challenges for Gabriel.
Gabriel was, in my view, robbed of being the Member of the Legislative Assembly of BC for Vancouver-Fraserview in May 2009 when BC Liberal MLA Kash Heed's campaign cheated and flagrantly broke the election spending rules.
Kash Heed has admitted this overspending on behalf of his campaign and been fined $11,000 - but unfortunately Elections BC did not take the appropriate action and remove him as MLA and call a by-election to replace him.
Since then, Heed's own campaign manager Barinder Sall has admitted his personal guilt for overspending on a vicious, outrageously inaccurate smear leaflet distributed throughout Vancouver-Fraserview. That leaflet falsely accused the NDP of being in favour of legalizing hard drugs like heroin and cocaine and made many other scandalous claims.
Now Sall is alleging - and Kash Heed is denying - that far more overspending happened, as much as $40,000 in unreported spending.
Gabriel Yiu and the NDP are rightly requesting that Elections BC open a new investigation, as it should. Time will tell if that happens and there results.
Regardless of all that, on Sunday November 6 at 2 p.m. the NDP is holding a nomination meeting for Vancouver-Fraserview.
I am honoured to support Gabriel Yiu's candidacy to once again be the NDP's candidate in Vancouver-Fraserview.
I want to be clear - I very much respect Vancouver city councilor George Chow, who is contesting the nomination against Gabriel. George has been an excellent councilor for Vision Vancouver and has made a valuable contribution to the city. If George wins the NDP nomination, he will have my backing in the next provincial election - or by-election - just as he has had in the last two municipal elections.
But Gabriel has my support for this nomination. He has been a consistent and hardworking NDP activist, he has earned the respect of the riding where he lives and he deserves another opportunity to win this riding in a fair and democratic vote where the rules are followed, not violated flagrantly.
If you are an NDP member in Vancouver-Fraserview, I encourage you to vote for Gabriel - and for positive reasons, not in any way against George.
Below you can read Gabriel's news release announcing support for his candidacy.
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NEWS RELEASE OCTOBER 24, 2011