Monday, April 27, 2015
The Rise of the Newcomers
The newly formed city's first order of business was to form a city government. The difficulty with that was that although more than 400 people signed the petition for the new city, few of them had lived in Granville for at least a year. In fact, all of Burrard Inlet had only 175 names on the provincial voters list.
The two candidates were Hastings Mill manager, R. H. Alexander and real estate dealer, M.A. MacLean. It was a battle between the old timers and the new comers.
Another error made by Alexander was the attempt to get the Chinese workers to vote. His supporters marched the Chinese workers in a large body to the polls. Stage driver, Charlie Green charged the procession with his vehicle. The whites drove the bewildered workers back to the mill with clubs and fists.
At the close of polling, Malcom A. MacLean was elected by 242 to 225 votes. It was a victory for the newcomers.
Thanks to the book, Vancouver, From Milltown to Metropolis by Alan Morley for the above information.
I hope you find the beauty around you.