Burnaby mayoral candidate would ban public kissing, hand-holding

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Mayoral races in Vancouver’s suburbs run the gamut from the uncontested to those with wildly diverse candidate pools. Among the six on the ballot for the top job in Burnaby is a candidate who, among other things, doesn’t want any public displays of affection.

Four more independent candidates filed their papers ahead of the deadline, reports Burnaby Now, bringing the total field to five contenders battling against incumbent Mayor Derek Corrigan.

Making waves is the candidate statement of second-timer Sylvia Gung, who certainly stands out from the crowd.

If elected, Gung would like to see Burnaby ban all forms of PDAs, including that raunchy, offensive moment when the officiant declares “You may now kiss the bride,” as part of her desire to enact the “real job” of mayorship: “stablishing wholesome society.”

Here is Gung’s statement in full:

It is Sylvia Gung’s second application for the position, and she shows an effective mayor who uses any opportunity to empower citizens, since the position allows nothing for the real job – establishing wholesome society. This has been obvious through the pipeline business and others, such as the problems with the housing, health care, education, and so on. She details suggestions for the citizens to work toward indefinitely freezing the taxes and pay hikes, with the strengthened democracy, and lists some: 1) Banning election campaign, restoring citizens the sense of responsibility; 2) Banning behaviors that hints sex/ sexuality, even including Bridal Kiss and walking hand in hand, that hurt public decorum and lead to further violence; 3) Getting rid of the school board that acts as nothing but funnel to thwart its political agenda down the throat of the public education; 4) Innovating two backward organizations that are the unions and PAC’s.

Running against Gung are former School Trustee Helen Hee Soon Chang, realtor Raj Gupta, business man Daren Hancott, and longtime Burnaby resident Allen Hutton, along with veteran job-holder Corrigan, who was first elected to the mayoral office in 2002.

Gung’s opponents have not come forward with where they stand on the whole “kissing in public” platform.

Featured image: Bridge and groom kissing/Shutterstock

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