council seats: It's really weird, it's not common to anything I've ever seen, said David Moscrop, a political scientist in the department of communications at the University of Ottawa who recently left British Columbia, according to CTV. The city's political system is already unusual in Canada. A proliferation of new parties and independent candidates are crowding the Vancouver race in a widespread turnover of the existing council. It operates under a party system and voters elect council members at-large because Vancouver hasn't had wards since the 1930s. Before that, the centre-right Non-Partisan Association had the longest ruling legacy with some notable exceptions, including 2002 when the Coalition of Progressive Electors won the mayor's office and eight of 10 council seats. Since 2008, centre-left Vision Vancouver has dominated council under Mayor Gregor Robertson, who is not running again. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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