Vancouver
COPE Park Commissioner Loretta Woodcock wants the Park Board to buy
from Canadian sources.

“Canada’s
manufacturing sector is undergoing severe stresses in the current
economic crises,” said Woodcock.

The PB can help keep jobs in
Canada by requiring the highest possible level of Canadian content,
with an eye to 50 per cent when we buy goods and services such as
office supplies, clothing, technology, construction materials,
vehicles. We could also require potential vendors to identify the
overall level of Canadian content as part of the tendering process.”

Woodcock will move her
“Buy Canadian” motion at the October 27 meeting of the Park
Board.

Woodcock says citizens
expect their governments to spend wisely, invest in their communities
and recognize that the creation of healthy communities, good jobs and
a strong economy are the responsibility of all levels of government.

COPE park commissioners have
a strong record of working for responsible purchasing policies. When
COPE formed a majority on city council and park Board in 2005,
Vancouver was the first Canadian city to adopt an ethical purchasing
policy and supplier code of conduct.

Since then the NPA dominated
Park Board has watered down the ethical purchasing policy with a
variety of loopholes.

“We need to reestablish
Vancouver as a leader in ethical civic purchasing,” said COPE park
board candidate Anita Romaniuk. As a former chair of the park board,
Romaniuk presided over the development of the original ethical
purchasing policy.

Information: Dave
Fields, COPE Communications, 604-722-4775

“Buy Canadian,” says COPE’s Woodcock

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