Former NDP Deputy Premier Joy MacPhail is endorsing Vision Vancouver’s Ian Campbell for Mayor in the October election, citing his extensive leadership in both business and government as why he is the best choice for mayor of Vancouver.

“Ian Campbell has decades of experience serving the community in local government, working in business, and negotiating with all levels of government,” said MacPhail, who also served as a BC Minister of Health, Social Services, and Finance during her career in politics. “He has the skills and experience the mayor of Vancouver needs to make life better for all Vancouver residents. That is why I am voting for him.”

Ian Campbell said he was honoured to have Joy MacPhail’s support, especially as he works to unite progressive voters behind a common vision for the city at a time when the NPA threaten to move Vancouver backwards.

“I am thrilled to have Joy’s support,” said Campbell. “She has been a tremendous champion of progressive policies in BC for several decades, fighting for better housing, quality child care, strong environmental protection and good paying jobs. Those are values I share and issues that I’ll be putting front and centre in this fall’s election campaign.

“I’m proud to be leading a new Vision team that is progressive, diverse, and represents our growing and changing city. We have a new team in place that will fight for progressive values: to be bold and inclusive, and stay committed to critical initiatives like the empty homes tax, the Broadway Subway, and strong action on the opioid crisis.”

Ian Campbell, who grew up on both the Squamish and Musqueam communities on which Vancouver is situated on, has an MBA from SFU and served as the lead negotiator with the Squamish First Nation. For two decades he has worked with the City of Vancouver, Province of BC, and Federal governments on everything from the 2010 Olympic Games, environmental protection, to new housing, and services to support people in the local community.

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