Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson announced on Wednesday that after a decade in his position, he won’t run for re-election this fall.
In a Facebook post, he said deciding not to run for re-election on October 20 was one of the hardest decisions of his life and a “bittersweet” choice.
His decision not to run for re-election provoked a wide range of reactions online, including a message from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 10, 2018
BC Premier John Horgan also released a statement, calling Robertson a “trusted colleague” that he has known for many years.
“From transit and transportation, to housing and homelessness, Gregor has been a passionate advocate for people,” said Horgan. “He can be proud of the work he and Council have done to make Vancouver the greenest city in the world.”
Horgan concluded by thanking Robertson “on behalf of British Columbians… for his many years of public service and wish him well in his future endeavours.”
And of course, numerous others took to social media to offer a wide range of thoughts and opinions on Robertson’s decision.
Sending deep appreciation to @MayorGregor for his service to our city, province and country and best wishes for his next chapter. I know he’ll continue his passionate dedication to making the world a better place.
— Don Davies, MP (@DonDavies) January 11, 2018
Well into his third term as Mayor, Gregor Robertson finally does something positive for the city of Vancouver!
— Jill Bennett (@jillreports) January 10, 2018
— Zach (@zacharack) January 10, 2018
Thank you, @MayorGregor – now the longest consecutively-serving Mayor in Vancouver’s history! 10 years of bold progressive leadership has helped make Vancouver greener, more inclusive, & more innovative – & has given greater hope to so many of the city’s most vulnerable. #vanpoli https://t.co/BU16IbdVL9
— Braeden Caley (@braedencaley) January 10, 2018
BREAKING: @MayorGregor won’t be seeking re-election. Instead, he’ll be running for MP on the platform of building a bike lane from Vancouver to Ottawa, taking out one lane of the TransCanada Highway. #VanPoli #GoodbyeGregor
— ThanksGregor (@Thanks_Gregor) January 10, 2018
Worst. Mayor. Ever.#vanpoli
— judy rudin (@judyrudin) January 10, 2018
We did not see eye to eye on a great deal, but today is a day to thank @MayorGregor for his service to the city. 10 years is a long time and I respect his decision to retire and return to private life. #vanpoli @NPAVancouver @VisionVancouver
— George Affleck (@george_affleck) January 10, 2018
— Alex (@AlexBC997) January 10, 2018
Vancouver reporters. When reporting on Mayor Gregor Robertson resigning, please consider doing charts comparing of the cost of one bedroom apartments and condos in 2008 vs now. Plus Homelessness increases. Plus retailers closed. Thanks. #vanpoli
— Pete Quily (@pqpolitics) January 10, 2018
An answer to my prayers.
— Peter J Symons (@Symons1J) January 10, 2018
Thank you Mayor #YVR#Robertson#green#gonnamissyou
— kevin mcnish (@KevinMcnish) January 10, 2018
— J Merzetti 🇨🇦🇲🇽 (@johnmerzetti) January 11, 2018
Mayor Gregor Robertson is a colleague I have enjoyed collaborating with and a strong ally of the @CityofSurrey.
— Office of the Mayor (@SurreyMayor) January 10, 2018