Ken Sim and ABC party see decisive election victory in Vancouver, first Chinese Mayor
In a decisive victory, Ken Sim has ousted incumbent Kennedy Stewart to become the next mayor of Vancouver.
Vancouverites have voted to give Sim – a businessman with no previous political experience who promised to “rethink the way city hall is run” – the top job. As of 11 p.m., with just over two thirds of polls reporting, Sim had captured roughly 49 per cent of the vote, with 37,963 ballots cast in his favour. Stewart brought in about 31 per cent, with 25,051.
Addressing a crowd of cheering supporters chanting “ABC, ABC,” Sim noted that his election marks a significant first.
"The path to get here was incredibly long – 135 years after the first Chinese head tax was paid just for the right to come here and work on building a railway, Vancouver has elected its first Chinese mayor," he said. Live blog: Full coverage of B.C.'s 2022 election.