Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Is Commissioner Sarah Blyth Moving to Federal Politics?

September 30, 2014 Well rumours are swirling that two term Park Commissioner the popular Sarah Blyth is considering a move to federal politics after her term expires in December 2014. Ms Blyth previously announced that she would not be seeking re-election to a third term on Park Board. If Commissioner Blyth enters the federal race it is anticipated that she will be the standard bearer for the NDP in Vancouver-Quadra which is a fairly affluent westside riding. This riding though includes the University of British Columbia and the Musquean Indian reserve. Sarah has roots in this riding having grown up there so it would make sense that she run there. She is also Park Board liaison to a number of Community Centres in the riding. Ms Blyth has also been of late focused on the dreaded Bill C-36 anti prostitution legislation which will place sex workers in grave danger. There are many sex working students at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Commissioner Blyth could easily draw on this support base. The MP for the riding Joyce Murray according to a number of sex work activists who met with her in Ottawa came away from the meeting upset that MP Murray supports criminalizing male customers/clients of sex workers. So there you heard it first here on Oldtown News that Commissioner Blyth may jump into the federal arena. We wish her well! Jamie Lee Hamilton http://www.ideavancouver.wordpress.com