Ujjal Dosanjh’s endorsement of Vancouver Mayor Robertson causes amusement

Ujjal Dosanjh Photo by Chandra Bodalia
Ujjal Dosanjh
Photo by Chandra Bodalia


FORMER NDP Premier Ujjal Dosanjh’s endorsement of incumbent Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vision Vancouver, who’s facing a stiff challenge from NPA’s Kirk LaPointe, has caused much amusement.

Vancouver Sun reported that Dosanjh told their reporter that he “did not endorse anyone in the 2011 election because he was too busy overseeing renovations to his house.”

But the Province newspaper quoted Dosanjh as saying: “I sat on the sidelines in 2011 – I didn’t think they needed my help.”

So which one is the REAL reason?

The Province also caused a lot of amusement by pointing out: “But Dosanjh’s backing isn’t a slam-dunk, positive move for Robertson’s re-election hopes.

“Succeeding Glen Clark as B.C.’s premier, Dosanjh led the NDP to its worst-ever election defeat in 2001 – Dosanjh lost his own riding and only two NDP MLAs survived a B.C. Liberal onslaught.”

And, of course, Dosanjh, who later switched to the federal Liberals and was parachuted into the Vancouver South riding (some democracy!) lost his seat to Conservative candidate Wai Young in 2011.