by Devon Rowcliffe

A great party, badly run.

Having dominated Vancouver politics since the early 1940s—with almost a dozen former mayors under its banner—the Non-Partisan Association was expected to be a formidable contestant in Vancouver’s 2014 civic election.

However, the right-leaning NPA (surely an anachronistic name by now) has been largely disappointing for those who may have anticipated novel remedies for some of Vision Vancouver’s governing faults.

For a political machine that draws upon an election war chest worth more than $2 million, the NPA’s policy platform is shockingly clumsy. While it arguably offers an effective response to Vision’s penchant for controlling (and some would argue obscuring) information, the NPA’s platform presents few solutions to Vancouver’s pressing social ills.