Former candidate Brent Granby leaves COPE for Vision Vancouver
A well-regarded community activist has quit the Coalition of Progressive Electors in yet another indication of trouble besetting Vancouver’s left-wing civic party.
Brent Granby, who is known for his volunteer work in the West End neighbourhood, has joined the ruling Vision Vancouver.
“I want to support a party that’s working on progressive change that I want to participate in,” Granby told the Straight in a phone interview on December 10.
A COPE member since 2002, Granby ran unsuccessfully for park board in the last election. Before his resignation, he was chair of the party’s park board caucus. He is a former president of the West End Residents Association, a neighbourhood group that he continues to serve as a board member.
On December 8, COPE’s only elected civic official, Allan Wong, a school trustee, announced that he had joined Vision. This follows the departure from the COPE executive of some key members.
Granby left COPE without public rancour, choosing instead to speak about his reasons for taking a membership card with Vision.
One of these is the party’s determination to improve biking infrastructure.
Granby, an avid cyclist who used to ride with his two young daughters to their elementary school, wants to see more bike lanes.
“My girls, they’re young women now. In terms of them feeling safe and wanting to ride their bikes and negotiate the city,” Granby said, “I think it’s really important that we have a good network of bike lanes throughout the city.”