Canadian politician Bruce Yorke died on December 5, 2015.
He was a former housing activist and city councillor in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Bruce was key in establishing the Vancouver Tenants Council, which was an organization of tenants that performed a direct economic action against landlords and lobbied the provincial government.
Between the years of 1968 and 1978 they fought and won the right for tenants to vote in municipal elections.
In the early 1970s, Bruce was the “main voice and organizer for tenants”.
Bruce first ran for the Coalition of Progressive Electors on a slate with Harry Rankin in 1968.
Rankin was the only COPE Councillor elected.
Bruce ran again unsuccessfully in 1970, 1972, and 1974, and in 1976 was their mayoralty candidate.
He was finally elected in 1980, and would serve four terms as a councillor, through 1980 to 1986, and then again from 1990 to 1993.
Bruce had to step down in 1991 due to a heart condition.
Politician Bruce Yorke passed away at age 91 in December 2015.