Last night, Vancouver's well-heeled Urban Development Institute - the folks representing the interests of the provincial development community - hosted its annual invitation-only Christmas reception at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel. According to our operatives, those who showed up to soak up the atmosphere (and other related beverages) included former provincial Liberal backbencher and Maple Ridge councillor Ken Stewart and Burnaby-New Westminster federal Liberal candidate Mary Pynenburg, as well as Vancouver councillor Raymond Louie and councillor-elect Suzanne Anton. The capital city contingent included Premier Gordon Campbell, as well as Health Minister George Abbott and Vancouver-Fairview New Democrat MLA Gregor Robertson. Noticeable by his absence was Vancouver Mayor-elect Sam Sullivan, who appeared to have received less financial assistance from the development community during the recent civic election than his Vision Vancouver opponent Jim Green.
December 2, 2005