Politicial story of the year
According to Maclean's, he leads the best run city in Canada. That feat alone should be the top story, but Corrigan did other things this year.
He laid the groundwork in past years by standing up to VANOC and the province. He continued to build this year, overseeing a council that brought a new library to town and changed the way garbage pickup worked. He also continued to fight with the province and was a non-joiner as far as the Olympic love-in went.
With the NDP in solid control of the two federal seats, city hall and school board, Corrigan and the NDP team built on the city's left-wing dominance by electing the mayor's wife Kathy Corrigan as MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake, the city's safest Liberal seat on paper.
With the NDP-linked Burnaby Citizens in firm control, Corrigan has dominated the city in a way few politicians have. For that the mayor, despite the city's faults, is the political story of the year.