It’s been quite the day for Mr. Lehan in the local media. Both the Westender and the Georgia Straight have articles profiling Mel, spurred by his plans to challenge B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell for his elected office in the Point Grey riding. Lehan is running for a number of reasons, all community oriented, and feels that province is suffering from a case of “Campbell fatigue”. If he’s right, perhaps the voters will side with him in the next election.
Saving the UBC Farm has been a key focus of Mel’s activism over the past few years, and he remains one of the most vocal community members speaking out against the development of the site. The Straight article discusses his involvement with the cause in more detail.
Other fun Mel-facts I learned in these articles? Turns out he helped to build the “Welcome to Kitsilano” sign you see when coming south over the Burrard St. bridge, was part of bringing Car Free Day to Kistilano and in 2005, when he last ran for a seat against Campbell he followed the premier by 2,250 votes.