British Columbia

Protesters occupy Clark's campaign office

Protesters demanding more funding for several emergency shelters in Vancouver took over the campaign office of Premier Christy Clark on Friday morning.
A small group of protesters peacefully occupied B.C. Premier Christy Clark's Vancouver campaign office Friday. (CBC)

Protesters demanding more funding for several emergency shelters in Vancouver  took over the campaign office of Premier Christy Clark on Friday morning.

About a half-dozen sat in the campaign office on West 4th Avenue near Alma Street and eventually were met by the B.C. minister responsible for housing, Rich Coleman, who said he tried to explain the government's view on the issue.

"The philosophical thing is they want us to keep something open that we don't actually need," said Coleman.

The last of the four winter shelters close Saturday.

Of the 156 people who stayed used the facilities, 84 accepted offers of housing, 52 took other options and 20 declined offers of assistance, Coleman said.

 Activist Wendy Pedersen rejected Coleman's view.

"He said basically that his government is doing a fantastic job and they've got lots of new housing coming on stream and he did the best they could," said Pedersen. "We're not satisfied with that."

The protesters left the premises after the meeting with Coleman.

Clark is running in a byelection scheduled for May 11  in the riding of Vancouver Point Grey against NDP candidate David Eby.