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Hector Bremner says NPA mayoral candidate Ken Sim won 'poisoned chalice'

Vancouver city councillor Hector Bremner is a offering a tepid message of congratulations to Ken Sim, the Non-Partisan Association’s newly crowned mayoral candidate.

In a Facebook post Monday, Bremner, who quit the NPA after his own mayoral nomination bid was rejected by the party’s board, said Sims has “won a poisoned chalice.”

“This is now no longer the NPA as most people know it,” Bremner wrote.

NPA officials say 1,960 ballots were cast on Sunday.

Sim, a local entrepreneur and founder of Nurse Next Door and Rosemary Rocksalt bagel chain, was elected with around 50 per cent of the votes, John Coupar, a two-term park board commissioner, finished second with around 30 per cent and Glen Chernen, a self-styled civic government watchdog, came third with 20 per cent.

Bremner, once viewed by many to be NPA’s frontrunner candidate, announced last month that he is looking into creating a new civic political party.

Operating with the tagline “Let’s Fix Housing,” Bremner is inviting “disenfranchised NPA members” to a .

“To the thousands of Vancouverites who signed up to the NPA, but were disenfranchised by the NPA board which remains in place, we extend to you our welcoming arms. We will be reaching out to all of you in the coming days,” Bremner said.

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