(Updated) This is something we feel should attract media and public attention. Vision Vancouver has once again appointed only its own people to monopolize all seven Directors‘ seats representing the citizens of Vancouver on the Metro Vancouver Board. This is a problem because of the secrecy of Metro Vancouver in many of its practices, and the consistent failure of the Vision political machine to share Metro information with the rest of the elected members of City Council. Yet again today, after brief formalities, the Metro Vancouver Board meeting was closed to the public, so all but Board members were ejected from the room, and the live web video went dark. Public business is being conducted without the requisite openness and transparency. And any information to the regional policy-making body and coming back to Vancouver’s City Council and the public is filtered through one political entity, at the expense of the public and citizens of this city. (Reportedly, no audio or video record is kept of those in camera meetings, and there is no public assurance whether the requirements for going in camera are even met.) There is much talk of respect for diversity, but that same respect is needed for representation on the Metro Board.
It would be an understatement to say that this is not a fair and equitable delegation from the City of Vancouver. How did Mayor Robertson choose the 6 Councillors who will join him on Metro Vancouver Board? Is it 100% completely partisan? By any indication, it does not reflect either the popular vote or even the results of the at-large election in 2014:
There is a major democracy deficit in the composition of Metro Vancouver Directors from the City of Vancouver. Rather than have Robertson decide to appoint all 6 Vision Vancouver Councillors to Metro, perhaps a slightly fairer approach would be to have been to instead go with 3 Vision, 2 NPA and 1 Green Councillor. Another alternate model would be to appoint the top vote getters:
Under this scenario, Councillors Carr, Affleck, Ball, De Genova, Deal and Jang would fill 6 of the 7 posts for Metro Vancouver, with Robertson taking the final position (a point of reference is Victoria and the composition of the Capital Regional District).
While there are Alternate Directors for the Metro Vancouver Board, the alternates only attend Board Meetings when a Director is absent. This is of course assuming that the Alternate Director is even informed that a Director will miss the meeting (Directors have forgotten to tell their alternates a number of times of their absence). Alternate Directors are not allowed to be on Committee meetings (only Board Meetings), despite issues of compliance with provincial regulations.
After brief formalities, the Metro Vancouver Board meeting was closed to the public, so all but Board members were ejected from the room, and the live web video went dark: