|Bill Tieleman with Vancouver Councillor Geoff Meggs, Erin Coward|
But I want to make a special endorsement of Vision Vancouver Councillor Geoff Meggs - because of the very nasty, defamatory and unfair attack he has been under from the Non-Partisan Association and mayoralty candidate Kirk LaPointe.
Politics is a tough game and I play and accept hardball. Attack ads, negative campaigning and other challenges to your opponents are to be expected.
But accusing a sitting Councillor and the Mayor of "corruption" is below the belt. And patently untrue.
Robertson and Meggs have filed a defamation lawsuit that has been discussed here previously in some detail and I won't rehash that.
What I will say is that Geoff Meggs does not deserve this attack and the negative publicity it has created.
I have known Geoff for over 30 years through our mutual work in the labour movement, progressive politics and important causes. He is a person of integrity.
At Vancouver City Hall he has been a tireless worker for many issues, including improving public transit, the plight of low-income workers, the disadvantaged, homeless and those who often do not have a voice. As BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair put it recently: "We need to have strong, clear voices that support working and middle class people on Vancouver city council. Geoff Meggs is that guy."
Geoff is also one of the most knowledgeable, thoughtful and well-prepared politicians I've met at any level - he takes his job and responsibilities as an elected representative extremely seriously.
Regardless of your political persuasion, I encourage all Vancouver voters to keep Geoff Meggs on City Council - and to send a message that there must be limits to the attacks on public officials.