Vancouver political party drops candidate for role in discredited nonprofit

One of the main political parties in Vancouver’s upcoming mayoral election has distanced itself from one of its school board candidates after discovering his connection to a discredited nonprofit.

A statement from A Better City (ABC) said Monday it had officially withdrawn its endorsement of Christopher Richardson, who was one of five candidates vying for a place on the school board.

“Late Friday afternoon, ABC Vancouver was notified that a charity of which Christopher Richardson was a board member had had its charitable status revoked by the Canada Revenue Agency on September 10” , the statement said.

“ABC conducted several motions on Saturday. In the end, ABC sent an email at 8 p.m. Saturday night to the Chief Electoral Officer to have ABC’s endorsement of Christopher Richardson withdrawn, knowing that the timeframe to do so was perhaps outdated.”

If Richardson won on election day, the party said he could not join its caucus “until the matter is satisfactorily resolved.”

The party did not provide further details, including the name of the nonprofit organization.

ABC is fielding a full slate of candidates for Vancouver Council, Park Board and School Board in the Oct. 15 municipal election. Three former independent councilors, formerly of the Non-Partisan Association, joined the newly formed party in April.

Ken Sim is the party’s candidate for mayor.

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