MacGregor says election loss ‘hurts’

Disillusioned by wave of American-style politics

Bill MacGregor

Bill MacGregor

Bill MacGregor felt the sting as the final election results trickled in Saturday night.

The incumbent two-term councillor lost his seat by just over 1,000 votes to Sandy Blue, the eighth-place finisher from the Abbotsford First slate who garnered 9,614 votes.

He was the only incumbent who wasn’t re-elected.

“I’ve never been fired in my life… so yeah, it hurts. And it hurts my family too. My big issue particularly was with some of the things that were said on social media,” MacGregor said on Tuesday.

Still, MacGregor isn’t second-guessing how he ran his campaign.

“I don’t know that there is anything that I could do differently.”

“Certainly things like the stand we took on the homeless shelter plays out. And certainly when you step up and call out somebody [Abbotsford First] for reporting the financial situation and other situations about the city incorrectly, and stand up for the truth, there are going to be people who have a different agenda, and are using that for their agenda to basically bully you, or try to bully you.”

MacGregor was never a big fan of politics to begin with, but he’s particularly disheartened by what he describes as the new wave of aggressive American-style politics.

“Yes, I’m disillusioned and dismayed that we have this kind of politics here, because there’s no place for it as far as I’m concerned and I say that unapologetically, I think it was disgraceful in some ways. However, that’s not what I’m blaming for my loss.”

“There are some things you simply can’t control,” he noted.  “In my view, politics in this area, like every other area, is very tribal, there are lot of tribes – the churches, the synagogues, income levels, farming, cultural divisions, divisions of age and so on and so forth — certainly the group, the tribal politics played itself through this election. You can take a good look at how the various precincts, polling stations, play out and represent the various aspects of our society.”

And while he’s not pleased about his election-night loss, MacGregor, a former school principal, feels privileged to have served on Abbotsford city council for two terms and he’s proud of what council has accomplished during those six years.

“To serve the public is very gratifying. Any time you can help anyone in this world is very gratifying. I think the things we were able to accomplish are evident to everyone.”

“To me, I’ve always been a public servant … I feel that putting your hand up for this job, you need to understand that this is a public servant [position]. We are here to serve the public; we’re not here to serve ourselves. That’s the way I’ve always approached it and will and would continue to approach it – if I feel called to do something, whether it’s run for office or put a program in place at a school, then that’s what I’ll do.”

Don’t expect MacGregor to take another run for a council spot soon.

“I doubt that very much.”

For now, he has other priorities. “Now I’ve got to find a [new] road because I’ve got two young children in school and a wife and we’ve got a mortgage, just like everybody else.”


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Photo courtesy of the Mission RCMP.
Mission RCMP request public’s assistance in search for missing man

William Joshua Bowles last seen March 4 at Haven in the Hollow shelter

The incident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. amid heavy rains on the 29900 Block of the highway, near the Silverdale community. Shane MacKichan photo.
VIDEO: Late-night rollover crash on Lougheed Highway in Mission sends 2 to hospital

Jaws of Life used; patients sustained non-life threatening injuries

Highway 1 eastbound has one lane closed as crews worked to clear up an accident earlier this afternoon.
Accident shuts down one lane eastbound on Highway 1 in Abbotsford

Major congestion between Riverside Road and Sumas exit

Alan Pryor in 2015, during the Agassiz Fire Department’s 70th year. (Greg Laychak/The Observer)
Agassiz fireman celebrates 51 years at the hall

Al Pryor has been a key member in the Agassiz Fire Department since he was 16

Scales of Justice
Court awards woman $167K after vehicle was struck by White Rock taxi in 2016

Plaintiff’s knee injuries and resulting chronic pain disability are genuine, judge rules

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the B.C. legislature press theatre to give a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic, April 6, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. nears 300,000 COVID-19 vaccinations, essential workers next

564 new cases, four deaths, no new outbreaks Thursday

The B.C. Supreme Court ruled Feb. 26 that the estate of deceased Sooke man and Hells Angels prospect Michael Widner is to be divided between his wife and his secret spouse. (Black Press Media file photo)
Estate of deceased Vancouver Island Hells Angels prospect to be divided between wife and secret spouse

Michael Widner’s 2017 death left a number of unanswered questions

This Dec. 2, 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of its Janssen subsidiary’s COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Johnson & Johnson via AP
Canada approves Johnson & Johnson’s 1-shot COVID-19 vaccine

It is the 4th vaccine approved in Canada and the 1st that requires just a single dose

Walter Gretzky father of hockey hall-of-famer Wayne Gretzky waves to fans as the Buffalo Sabres play against the Toronto Maple Leafs during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky, father of the Great One, dies at 82

Canada’s hockey dad had battled Parkinson’s disease and other health issues

Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 4, 2021. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Liberals, NDP sing in harmony on local election reforms

Bill regulates paid canvassers, allows people in condo buildings

(National Emergency Management Agency)
No tsunami risk to B.C. from powerful New Zealand earthquake: officials

An 8.1 magnitude earthquake shook the north of New Zealand Thursday morning

(AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
Pandemic stress, isolation key factors as to why Canadians turned to cannabis, alcohol

Study found that isolation played key role in Canadians’ substance use

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Burnaby Mounties responded to 56 complaints and issued 10 tickets to people flouting COVID-19 restrictions in February. (Patrick Davies/100 Mile Free Press)
COVID denier fined $2,300 for hosting gathering in her home: Burnaby RCMP

The woman told Mounties she does not believe the pandemic is real

Most Read