British Columbia·City Votes 2014

Michael Davis, former NPA president, joins Vision Vancouver campaign

With less than two weeks before the municipal elections, Michael Davis has joined Vision Vancouver, claiming the NPA has become a party of narrow, angry people.

Davis says the Non-Partisan Association has become a party of angry, narrow people

Former NPA President Michael Davis announces he is joining the Vision Vancouver campaign at a news conference Wednesday morning. (CBC)

With less than two weeks before the municipal elections, former NPA president Michael Davis has joined Vision Vancouver claiming the Non-Partisan Association has become a party of narrow, angry people.

Vision Vancouver mayoral candidate Gregor Robertson introduced Davis at a news conference Wednesday morning.

"The NPA has moved further and further to the right, a monochromatic party of angry people afraid of losing what they have," said Davis. "It’s not so much that I left the NPA, as the NPA left me."

Davis says back in its glory days, the NPA was a giant tent with room for everyone, but now doesn't even have an open nomination process. He claimed the batch of current candidates were appointed in a closed door session.

"Their qualifications are unknown, their promises unheard," said Davies. "Who knows what was said?"

Robertson says he is "thrilled" to have secured Davis's endorsement.

NPA reaction: Good for him

When NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe was told Davis had changed sides he replied, "OK, good for him."

Asked about Davis's characterization of the NPA as a party of narrow, angry people, LaPointe said Davis should read the party's platform. 

"I'm about feeding hungry children. I'm about a new dialogue to help deal with the homeless, that a lot of our policies are quite progressive economically and I'm sorry, I don't agree with that characterization."

With files from the CBC's Tim Weekes


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