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Vancouver City Councillor Rebecca Bligh has announced her resignation from the Bligh says her decision comes “in light of the newly elected executive to the NPA Board having anti - SOGI views.” My fellow members of the NPA Caucus and our supporters are aligned with our values that we share
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – NPA Vancouver city councillor Rebecca Bligh has resigned from the party over revelations newly-elected executive board members have ties to anti - SOGI groups. Bligh will remain on council as an independent member . She says opposing SOGI, an LGBTQ-inclusive
Vancouver city Coun. Rebecca Bligh has stepped down from the Non-Partisan Association (NPA) over concerns at least one newly-elected board member for the party has ties to the anti-SOGI movement.
In a statement released Friday, Bligh said she will continue to sit on council as an independent.
"In light of the newly elected executive to the NPA Board having any affiliation with anti-SOGI is against the core values that I hold dear to my heart," she said.
"There is no debate when it comes to inclusion."
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The NPA Team have the experience and ability to deliver the change Vancouver needs. Congratulations to the ten new Directors elected to the NPA Board at tonight’s AGM. November 4, 2019, Vancouver , B.C. – NPA City Councillors Rebecca Bligh and Lisa Dominato are calling for a
Vancouver Coun. Rebecca Bligh has quit the NPA , citing concerns over what she called the new Vancouver City Councillor Rebecca Bligh has quit the NPA to serve as an independent. Two new members of the NPA board , Phyllis Tang and Ray Goldenchild, ran unsuccessfully against the NPA
Bligh went on to note there's a "clear line" between the board and the NPA caucus, which includes four other city councillors, two park board commissioners and three Vancouver School Board trustees.
"My fellow members of the NPA Caucus and our supporters are aligned with our values that we share when it comes to inclusion and we support SOGI and the LGBTQ2+ community," she said.
Bligh was unavailable to provide further comment Friday night.
In their own statement, the NPA caucus said they stand behind Bligh's decision, highlighting the party's long ties to the LGBTQ2 community.
"We will continue to stand for inclusivity and will strongly oppose anything that detracts from that objective," the caucus said.
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"We're hearing loud and clear that the increase is too high," said NPA Coun. Sarah Kirby-Yung.The city's controversial draft budget for 2020 was rejected by councillors Tuesday, who asked staff to come back Wednesday with suggestions to get the hike down to between five and seven per cent.
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First-term Vancouver councillor Rebecca Bligh says there's no debate when it comes to inclusion. My fellow members of the NPA Caucus and our supporters are aligned with our values that we "In light of the newly elected executive to the NPA Board having any affiliation with anti - SOGI is against
"We believe it is important for our Caucus to speak out with a strong, unequivocal voice and express our unyielding continued support for our LGBTQ2S+ community and SOGI 123."
The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification (SOGI) 123 educational program promotes inclusive extra-curricular activities and self-identification for LGBTQ2 schools in B.C. schools, which was introduced by the provincial education ministry in 2017.
The NPA elected a new board on Nov. 25. Among the new names were Phyllis Tang and Ray Goldenchild, who were later voted to executive positions as treasurer and secretary, respectively.
Tang and Goldenchildwhen they ran in the 2018 municipal election. Tang lost her bid for city council, while Goldenchild unsuccessfully ran for the park board.
The Let's Vote Organization, which says it promotes candidates with pro-life views and traditional family values, was itself endorsed by an anti-SOGI website,
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Guerra, a newly elected Surrey councillor , resigned her position as director of Autism B.C. after she was criticized for her attendance at a private party organized by alleged anti - SOGI groups. "The whole thing was premised on a falsehood. There was no such thing as an anti - SOGI secret meeting.
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In a conversation with Global News, Goldenchild said he doesn't know why he was endorsed by either group.
He added he's never made a statement on SOGI in his life, and has never attended any meetings linked to the anti-SOGI movement.
Tang could not be reached for comment Friday night.
A request for comment from the NPA was also not returned.
Other NPA councillors who spoke with Global News said they have concerns about the right-leaning views of several new board members, including former Rebel Media personality Christopher Wilson and Ryan Warawa, who's listed as the president of the B.C. Conservatives
"The reported views of members of the NPA board members do not reflect those of the elected caucus, and we want to be very clear about that," Coun. Sarah Kirby-Yung said.
"This is not the direction the party should be going. This is not something the elected caucus condones."
Coun. Lisa Dominato pointed out she championed the SOGI 123 program while working with the Ministry of Education, and that her stepdaughter is a member of the LGBTQ2 community.
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That's because two new NPA directors with ties to social conservatives have risen to key positions on the party's board of directors. Goldenchild, who ran for Vancouver 1st, and Tang, who ran for Yes Vancouver , both attended a post-election party in 2018 in Surrey where several vocally anti - SOGI
It's already elicited opposition from NPA councillor Rebecca Bligh . NPA councillors Lisa Dominato and Sarah Kirby-Yung and Green councillor Pete Fry have also expressed concern over the magnitude of the proposed tax increase. Their boards have an ability to raise funds in other ways.
"It's my expectation that members of the board who share the caucus' values of inclusion and diversity will address this matter swiftly," she said.
As the longest-serving NPA member on council, Coun. Melissa De Genova said she has seen NPA boards come and go, and is confident the party will find its footing.
"We're a big tent organization," she said. "We're not told how to vote and what to think, which is why I decided to come to the NPA. That being said, I do have concerns."
She and others said Bligh's decision will not impact business at council.
"We'll continue to work collaboratively," she said. "We make our own decisions and then we'll come together and discuss, but at the end of the day we're all independent.
"This continues to be a much more collaborative council than the last one, which I also sat on, and I expect that will continue."
None of the councillors could say whether they would follow Bligh's lead and step down from the party. They added they haven't had a chance yet to sit down with the board personally and express their concerns.
"We'll be having a lot of conversations in the coming days and weeks," Kirby-Yung said.
—With files from Nadia Stewart
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