The party that once supported international space treaties appears set for a crash landing
With their senior elected official David Cadman generating tonnes of carbon emissions on his way to attend environmental meetings around the Globe, is COPE flying so far under the radar they're on the verge of crashing to Planet Earth? This reality seems to be coming closer to fruition now that word is leaking out COPE has been kicked out of their headquarters.
The "official" COPE headquarters used to be located in offices owned by Louis - that is until he recently removed the welcome mat. For many years, it was Louis that personally subsidized COPE's operations as they all but floundered in the political wilderness.
It's been reported that Mr. Louis held a series of meetings with concerned progressives on the left of Vancouver's political spectrum. As a result, there are now serious discussions taking place regarding whether Vancouver's 'progressive left' should set up a brand new political party to challenge the real NPA and pretend NPA (Vision).
According to our sources, reasons cited for the interest in setting up a new left-wing civic party is what they perceive as the abandonment of left-wing principles by Vision - cheered on by COPE Councillors Cadman and Woodsworth.
Some of these "issues" include Vision's support for:
- The NPA's dramatic increase to the police budget
- The NPA's policy to reduce businesses taxes
- Opening up a discussion regarding possible reduction in social housing at South East False Creek
- Focusing on shelters as a response to homelessness
- A proposed 10% cut to the arts budget
Particularly offensive to the Louis crew has been the increasing police harassment of downtown eastside residents as well as Council's silence on the issue of forcing the removal of the peaceful Falun Gong protest on public property.
This new development in Vancouver's political landscape is something we will be watching closely over the coming months.
Have your say: Answer the new CityCaucus.com poll question, "Does Vancouver need another 'progressive' left-leaning civic party?" Answer Yes or No by visiting www.CityCaucus.com.