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Attack the policy, not the person

When I woke up yesterday, I found a news story about me going viral. I mean really viral. By dinner time this story was going national and everyone was talking about something from my past. You see, four years ago I was studying commerce at Langara College and I used to run a blog called The Business Student. I had one entry there called the “Date Matrix” which used an excel spreadsheet to rate potential dates on various attributes. The list of attributes started with intelligence, attraction, trustworthiness, and worked its way down a short list of criteria I would consider before deciding to date someone.

One of those criterion I asked myself was if the potential date was “good in bed/if don’t know guess”. When I first wrote that blog post I really didn’t think anyone would find it offensive as it was meant to be a light-hearted, nerdy take on dating.

When this blog post became a big news story I learned that some people were offended by it, so I appeared on CKNW radio to set the record straight. I told the host that I never intended to offend anyone with that tongue-in-cheek blog post and if anyone is offended by it I am truly sorry. I’m going to delete this blog post in a week, but I’m waiting a few days because I want people to be able to read it now. That way people can compare what’s actually written there with what is being said in the media, because they are two very different things.

I think it’s sad that the top story on CTV news was an old blog post I wrote from four years ago. There are much bigger issues to discuss in Vancouver politics like our affordability crisis, reckless spending at City Hall, big transportation and parking issues, and the continued increases in homelessness.

When I was a Vision Vancouver campaign manager for one of their female candidates this blog post was never an issue. Now that I’m running for City Council with the NPA it’s all of a sudden a big deal with three weeks before the election…

I want to use my experience in owning and working with small businesses to help drive our local economy. I want to use my positive can-do attitude to work alongside residents from all neighbourhoods to develop creative plans for growing our communities. I want to lobby the provincial government to build a new mental health facility to offer real help to those in the DTES that struggle with mental illness and concurrent disorders. I really love Vancouver and I am passionate about doing the right things to make our lives here better. If you elect me to Vancouver City Council I’m going to work very hard on your behalf and I’m going to really put myself out there in a way few politicians do.

I think talking about real issues and real solutions are what Vancouver voters want right now and that’s what I’m going to stay focused on. I will not let this or anything else distract me from serving the public good.

Don’t forget to vote on November 19th.

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