A crude oil spill will be an ecological disaster and will threaten the existence of many coastal communities.
It’s inspiring to see many First Nations already moving forward with legal action. COPE believes that BC municipalities have to take a strong stand. COPE is committed to working with other municipalities to build a BC-wide plan of non-cooperation with Enbridge, to be backed up by a joint legal defence fund.
In the 1980s, COPE led the fight to make Vancouver a “Nuclear-free zone.” Today COPE believes in a future with no crude oil tanker traffic on the BC coast. COPE will set its sights on making the waters around Vancouver, and along the coast, a “Tanker-free zone” when it comes to crude oil. COPE is committed to working with other cities, First Nations, labour unions, and levels of government to make this a reality.
In 2010 the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) called on the Federal government to reject the Enbridge pipeline and ban crude oil tanker traffic in BC, but now it’s time for cities to bring their opposition to the next level.
The Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) is Vancouver’s oldest progressive electoral organization. Founded in 1968, it is a membership based organization that stands for affordability, environmental sustainability, and robust arts and culture. It last held a majority on Vancouver City Council, Parks Board, and School Board 2002-2005. More information is available at https://cope.bc.ca.