Electoral Politics & Vancouver’s White Progressive Sweep

Free panel and discussion

New date – Tuesday November 27, 2018 / 7:00pm 
Grandview-Calvary Baptist Church / 1803 East 1st Avenue
(One block East of Commercial Drive. Accessibility info below.)

The results of this year’s municipal election in Vancouver mark the return of two political forces to dominance at city hall: #ProgressiveSweep, and #VancouverSoWhite. Both claims mask a rather pitiful maintenance of a longstanding status quo – #ProgressiveSweep is an exaggeration because “progressives” have controlled City Hall for over a decade. Contrasting with the NPA, Vision Vancouver was the progressive party that controlled city hall for the last 12 years. What remains of Vision was also part of the bloc of 4 progressive parties that ran in an electoral alliance in this election too. #VancouverSoWhite does point to a shift – if only in degree. Although City Hall has always been a white supremacist institution, this election marks the first time since the anti-Chinese white panic of the “Hong Kong Invasion” of 1986 that no Asian candidates were elected to City Council.

Many of the same social media voices that are celebrating the progressive sweep at Vancouver City Hall are also critical of the liquidation of Asian candidates from this sweep. Are #VancouverSoWhite and #ProgressiveSweep really at odds with each other? Not only did the conservative parties run more Asian candidates, but in their campaigns they focused less on the anti-Asian and Sinophobic foreign investment myth than the progressives, who tended to fall in line with Attorney General David Eby’s Sinophobic and Canadian nationalist discourse about foreign investors, fentanyl, and money laundering.

Join Alliance Against Displacement to unpack the race, class, and national dynamics of the municipal elections in Metro Vancouver and rural BC. Speakers to be announced.

Can’t wait for the panel and want to do some reading beforehand? Check out our statement on electoral politics!

Accessibility Info

  • The Grandview-Calvary Baptist Church is 1 block east of Commercial Drive on 1st Ave. Take the Skytrain to Commercial/Broadway station, then take the 20 Downtown bus north-bound on to 1st Ave, and then walk one block east. Parking is always a bit difficult but you can find free parking on the streets around the church.
  • Access to the building street-level; there are no steps. Enter on the north side of the building.
  • We apologize that the washrooms are not wheelchair accessible, as the stall door openings are too narrow (61 cm).
  • Multi-stall gender neutral washrooms.
  • Coffee, tea, and snacks will be available free in the room
  • Presentations will be in English – if you are Deaf or HOH and would like ASL interpretation please try to let us know as soon as possible.

This event will take place on the occupied, unceded Coast Salish territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Wauthuth) and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) peoples.