The Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) is calling for opposition parties and progressive organizations in Vancouver to unite behind a single mayoral candidate and a common campaign for the 2008 Vancouver civic election.


"COPE believes it is vital that all opposition parties and groups form a common campaign to defeat Sam Sullivan and the NPA," said COPE External Chairperson Ellen Woodsworth. "COPE has been actively working for such a common campaign for some time. And we will continue to work towards a common campaign with progressive groups in Vancouver."

Woodsworth says a common campaign will require agreement on:

a single mayoral candidate, endorsed by all participating organizations;
a common platform on the crucial issues facing Vancouver: homelessness, transportation, environmental sustainability, safe neighbourhoods, and democratic leadership at City Hall;
a single list of candidates for City Council, Park Board, and Board of Education.

"While Vancouver faces unprecedented levels of homelessness, labour relations remain poisoned by the most bitter strike in the City’s history, jammed buses continue to pass-by riders who have to cough up for another fare hike, and taxes for ordinary homeowners continue to increase – Sam Sullivan and the NPA do nothing," said COPE Councillor David Cadman. "And despite promises that taxpayers would not be on the hook for the 2010 Olympics, Sullivan and the NPA are pouring tax dollars into the Games while community centre programs for seniors and youth are facing cutbacks."

COPE Executive Member Rachel Marcuse is directing the call for a common campaign at supporters of Vision Vancouver as they attend their January 14 general meeting.

"We call for a common campaign to defeat Sam Sullivan and the NPA," said Marcuse. "And we make this call specifically to Vision supporters. The damage being done to Vancouver by the NPA requires that we move beyond partisan politics. We believe people who care about Vancouver understand that a common campaign is what’s best for the city.”

Woodsworth says "Vision or COPE should not go it alone. A united campaign is the only way to defeat the NPA and their friends, notwithstanding whomever they choose as their mayoral candidate."

"But if other organizations choose to not be part of a common campaign, COPE will go ahead with nominating candidates for Mayor, Council, School and Park Board in order to offer the citizens of Vancouver a clear alternative to the discredited administration of Sullivan and the NPA."

The Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) is calling for opposition parties and progressive organizations in Vancouver to unite behind a single mayoral candidate and a common campaign for the 2008 Vancouver civic election.

"COPE believes it is vital that all opposition parties and groups form a common campaign to defeat Sam Sullivan and the NPA," said COPE External Chairperson Ellen Woodsworth. "COPE has been actively working for such a common campaign for some time. And we will continue to work towards a common campaign with progressive groups in Vancouver."

Woodsworth says a common campaign will require agreement on:

a single mayoral candidate, endorsed by all participating organizations;
a common platform on the crucial issues facing Vancouver: homelessness, transportation, environmental sustainability, safe neighbourhoods, and democratic leadership at City Hall;
a single list of candidates for City Council, Park Board, and Board of Education.

"While Vancouver faces unprecedented levels of homelessness, labour relations remain poisoned by the most bitter strike in the City’s history, jammed buses continue to pass-by riders who have to cough up for another fare hike, and taxes for ordinary homeowners continue to increase – Sam Sullivan and the NPA do nothing," said COPE Councillor David Cadman. "And despite promises that taxpayers would not be on the hook for the 2010 Olympics, Sullivan and the NPA are pouring tax dollars into the Games while community centre programs for seniors and youth are facing cutbacks."

COPE Executive Member Rachel Marcuse is directing the call for a common campaign at supporters of Vision Vancouver as they attend their January 14 general meeting.

"We call for a common campaign to defeat Sam Sullivan and the NPA," said Marcuse. "And we make this call specifically to Vision supporters. The damage being done to Vancouver by the NPA requires that we move beyond partisan politics. We believe people who care about Vancouver understand that a common campaign is what’s best for the city.”

Woodsworth says "Vision or COPE should not go it alone. A united campaign is the only way to defeat the NPA and their friends, notwithstanding whomever they choose as their mayoral candidate."

"But if other organizations choose to not be part of a common campaign, COPE will go ahead with nominating candidates for Mayor, Council, School and Park Board in order to offer the citizens of Vancouver a clear alternative to the discredited administration of Sullivan and the NPA."

COPE calls for joint mayoral candidate and campaign for 2008 election

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