For immediate release
June 4th 2018
Contacts: Connie Hubbs – 604-910-6719 Rider Cooey – 604-787-4930
COPE has negotiated a preliminary agreement with the Vancouver & District Labour Council (VDLC). COPE members will have the final say by voting on the preliminary agreement at COPE’s June 10th membership meeting, which will also include nomination of COPE’s candidates for the Oct 20th civic election.
COPE was founded exactly 50 years ago by the Labour Council and other progressive groups.
For the past month, the VDLC has hosted negotiations for purpose of limiting competition between five parties: COPE, Team Jean Swanson, the Greens, OneCity, and Vision. COPE has participated fully in these talks, and remained committed to the principles that the VDLC should not endorse a majority of candidates from any one party – that is, no more than 4 for Council – and that parties should be free to criticize each others’ records and policies.
Under the agreement, COPE would run 2 candidates for School Board, 2 for Park Board, and 2 for City Council plus Jean Swanson should she also seek a COPE nomination for Council. No party will have more than 4 Council candidates endorsed by the VDLC.
COPE has also been having productive conversations with Jean Swanson, who had a strong second place showing in the 2017 City Council by-election as an Independent candidate.
The preliminary agreement between the VDLC and COPE also ensures that parties are free to criticize each others’ records and policies, while avoiding personal attacks.
“Rents and housing prices are out-of-control, and it’s only gotten worse since the last COPE Council 13 years ago,” said COPE Co-chair Connie Hubbs. “Vancouverites need new voices on City Council who will fight for what people need, not just what the developers want. This agreement would limit the number of candidates amongst the various parties, increasing the chances of COPE electing candidates to take back City Hall from the developers for the people of Vancouver.”
“COPE is gearing up for an unprecedented city-wide grassroots campaign to win the city we need. We have to keep building the movement to freeze rents, raise wages and living standards for working people, finally end homelessness, support local businesses, and make transit and child care affordable,” said Hubbs.
Connie Hubbs and Rider Cooey