Here it is, the agreement reached by the two parties’ executives. The only question now is: Will the COPE members pass this at their policy meeting on Sunday (the 14th) or will there be a revolutionary movement to blow this arrangement up? I understand that COPE board member Tim Louis voted against this.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2008
Cooperative Agreement between COPE and Vision Executives
(VANCOUVER) The COPE and Vision executives are announcing a tentative agreement for cooperation for the 2008 election. Both organizations feel that the agreement is an important step to create the kind of campaign that can return progressive government to city hall.
Members of both organizations have consistently sought a cooperative effort and the executives of both Vision Vancouver and COPE have endorsed an agreement that will see the following:
1) COPE, Vision, and the Green Party have agreed to run less than a full slate of candidates for each level. The breakdown is as follows:
a. Mayor: Gregor Robertson
b. Council: 8 (Vision), 2 (COPE)
c. School Board: 5 (COPE), 4 (Vision)
d. Park Board: 4 (Vision), 2 (COPE), 1 (Green Party)
2) Vision and COPE will cooperate around specific policy issues, including a strategy on homelessness.
“Vision Vancouver believes the issues in this upcoming election are too important to be ignored. With this agreement, we can work with COPE to maximize our chances to bring progressive government back to Vancouver,” said Mike Magee, co-chair of Vision Vancouver.
“It is crucial that we work together to return progressive government to city hall, park and school board, said COPE Councilor David Cadman. “We want to work with Gregor Robertson and Vision to cooperate around areas of common concern. With this agreement we can avoid splitting the progressive vote and create a better Vancouver.”
The cooperation agreement is subject to ratification by the COPE membership at their Sunday, September 14 policy conference.