Gordon MacKinnon is once again running for council.

About Gordon:

  • 19 year Fernwood tenant
  • Six year volunteer with Emergency Management Victoria's Cyclist Response Team (Canada's first formal cyclist response team)
  • painter of seven Fernwood Hydro/Telus poles (one Telus pole was replaced and repainted)
  • founder of small business,  early adapter of internet commerce serving clients around the globe.
  • long time transit patron
  • early career as drafter/designer of mechanical systems (familiarity with challenges of design process, and fundamentals of mechanical systems)
  • presented paper/tutorial to NASA conference

 There are things that I choose not to do:

I do not facebook, tweet, et al.   I do not agree with uncompensated surrender of  intellectual properties.

Much as it is easier to connect with electors through social media, I would not want to be a party to the sale of electors' political preferences, peers and passions to the highest bidder. I respect the concept of a secret ballot. I also have one word for the GRU (Glavnoye Razvedyvatel'noye Upravleniye), NYET! (HET!)

I am not comfortable with crowdsource funding, or political platforms such as nationbuilder.


As one council member I cannot presume to promise any motions or policies without the concurrence of others.

As I have met all current council members on multiple occasions, I believe that I could work with most, if not all.

I can promise to listen and continue to learn to do my best towards the best outcomes for our city and region.

I may vote for things I don't agree with as doing something is better than nothing.

I may be inclined to say things many may not want to hear.

On more than one occasion it had been suggested that I am a wordsmith. I  happily anticipate the opportunity of assisting in crafting the language of motions and amendments to best reflect the aspirations and priorities of council and community, or perhaps mediate the interests of divergent outlooks.




It is important for Victoria  to continue to provide leadership in developing solutions for  a sustainable and inclusive community.

We are challenged by the geographic limitation of being on an island. We face increasingly volatile environmental events that will stress our infrastructure. We face many ongoing and emerging health perils that threaten our health and the viability of our tourism industry.


We are blessed with a highly intelligent, creative and  hardworking populace who have chosen to live in Victoria because they value our quality of life, the environment and commitment to community despite better economic options available elsewhere. We also can boast 3 major post secondary institutions, and many cultural entities that enrich our lives even beyond their traditional mandates.   We have many dedicated volunteers that contribute their time and expertise to community organizations, causes and cultural interests. We have entrepreneurs that commit their capital, creativity and expertise to develop new enterprises that expand our local economy.  Most of all we have a community ethic that values our best choices.

Our challenge is how best to leverage our advantages in a cost effective way to continue to lead in so many areas while preserving valuable fiscal resources to anticipate and mitigate our risks and provide some flexibility for risks that are not yet apparent.

Read more: Outlook

October 6, 2014

It is official, Gordon MacKinnon has filed the necessary paperwork and complete with pre-vetted nominatiion signatories and $100.00 deposit in compliance with Elections BC legislation to stand for election as a candidate for Victoria city council and CRD board of directors. It is a beautiful October day and a little busy at city hall as 2 others candidates were filing as well, including a mayoral candidate.


Name: Gordon MacKinnon

Running for: Victoria city council


Gordon MacKinnon
Gordon at city hall
  1. If elected, how do you plan to support students?

I will listen. Consider the November 15 municipal elections as a compulsory multiple choice exam and participate. Senior levels of government ignore the concerns of students because they have a very low level of electoral participation. To effect change this must change. If students would volunteer, donate, and share their ideas, this would be a start. With all of their social media savvy they should encourage each other to vote en mass. Flash mob the polls. This will not go unnoticed by analysts and policy makers at all levels of governance. With concentrations of students in communities such as ours this could fundamentally change the numbers game that drives modern retail politics. Do your research, and participate.

Read more: UVic Student Society Questionnaire Response