COPE calls for opposition
parties and progressive organizations to unite in common campaign to defeat
Sam Sullivan and NPA in 2008 election.

Dear COPE Members and Supporters,

The Coalition of Progressive Electors 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.

On Tues, Jan. 8 we held a press conference at Vancouver
City Hall
where Cllr David Cadman,
External Co-Chairperson Ellen Woodsworth and Executive Secretary Rachel
Marcuse
, supported by the
Executive and elected members of Park and School Board, publicly called for a
common campaign.


January 08 City Hall Press Conference

COPE believes it is essential that all opposition parties and groups form a
common campaign to defeat Sam Sullivan and the
NPA. COPE has been actively working for a common campaign for some time. A common
campaign will require agreement on a single mayoral candidate endorsed by all
participating organizations, a common platform on crucial issues
such as
homelessness, transportation, environmental sustainability, safe
neighbourhoods, and democratic leadership at City Hall, and a single list of
candidates for Council, Park Board, and Board of Education.

“While Vancouver faces unprecedented levels of homelessness, labour relations
r
emain 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 Cllr Cadman at Tuesday’s press
conference. "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."


Members of the COPE Executive discuss election policies

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

"We
call for a common campaign to defeat Sam Sullivan
and the NPA. 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.”

COPE’s
position has always been that that neither Vision nor COPE should go it
alone. COPE believes that a common
campaign is the best way to defeat the NPA and their friends, and we have
always been open to negotiations with other like minded organizations.

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

The
election is less than ten months away. We are asking you as COPE members and
supporters to discuss this proposal with your families, friends, and
colleagues, at your workplace and within your organizations. We have sent a
similar statement to labour unions and other progressive groups.

Ellen
Woodsworth

COPE
External Co-Chairperson

Newsletter Jan 11 2008

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