COPE's David Chudnovsky downcast over Vision Vancouver record
A persuasive figure in the left says he’s “very disappointed” with Vancouver’s ruling civic party.
Although David Chudnovsky has endorsed electoral alliances between Vision Vancouver and his party, the Coalition of Progressive Electors, in the past, he’s now “very upset” about Vision.
His sentiments aren’t to be taken lightly. Chudnovsky is an influential player in the local political scene. He’s a member of the COPE executive, a former Vancouver MLA, and an ex-president of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation.
“Like many thousands of others in the city, I am extremely disappointed in the policies of the Vision council, especially in the areas of development, affordability, and community democracy,” Chudnovsky told the Straight in a phone interview.
So where is that going to lead COPE in next year’s civic election? “I would say, ‘Let’s have that discussion in the organization and we’ll figure it out,’ ” Chudnovsky said, without elaborating on his personal position.
In April this year, COPE members voted at their annual general meeting to run a mayoral candidate and a majority for council, school board, and park board in 2014.
The fact that Chudnovsky appears to have left an open door despite his disappointment was a relief for Vision councillor Tim Stevenson.
“I would be much more concerned if he had come out and said, ‘Yeah, yeah.…Vision will have no cooperation. That’s it,’ ” Stevenson told the Straight by phone.
Stevenson—a member of the group that originally broke away from COPE and formed Vision Vancouver—also said: “From our point of view, we don’t want to have a fight with COPE.”
Stevenson said he also doubts that COPE’s stand on running a mayoral candidate and a majority in all civic slates will remain firm.
But Stuart Parker, a member of the COPE executive, promises that the left-wing party isn’t going to waver on this.
“Even people who have been previously prominent supporters of the alliance with Vision recognize that Vision’s move to the right is an ongoing process and that we’re only going to have less in common with Vision every day,” Parker said by phone.
COPE will hold a general meeting on Sunday (September 22). Included on the agenda are motions related to the selection of candidates next year.