Tim Louis suggests joint mayoral nomination by Coalition of Progressive Electors and Vision Vancouver
The idea of the Coalition of Progressive Electors and Vision Vancouver jointly nominating a mayoral candidate has been around for some time.
It was mentioned by COPE councillor David Cadman during an interview with the Straight in January 2008. That was months before his party reached an agreement with Vision and the local Greens to form an alliance for that November’s municipal election. That deal didn’t include a joint nomination.
With next year’s civic balloting just 14 months away, COPE member Tim Louis is reviving this proposal.
Vision mayor Gregor Robertson has said he will seek a second term. According to Louis, this shouldn’t get in the way of the two parties endorsing a common candidate.
“In my ideal world, there would be a joint nomination meeting and he [Robertson] would of course seek the nomination, but it would be a democratic decision,” the former city councillor told the Straight in a phone interview.
Louis, who had called for COPE to run its own candidate for mayor in the 2008 election, added that such an exercise would “strengthen both parties”.
When asked to comment on the proposal, Vision executive director Ian Baillie asked, “Who’s bringing that up?”
“We had two separate nominations last time,” Baillie told the Straight by phone. “We are two separate parties. We’ve always been very clear on that.”
Baillie said there are no formal talks going on at this time between Vision and COPE about a new electoral alliance.