A group called the Left Front is running candidates for both co-chair positions of one of Vancouver’s established civic parties, the Coalition of Progressive Electors.
According to a list provided today (July 3) by Left Front’s Imtiaz Popat, the group is backing Downtown Eastside activist Herb Varley and current COPE corresponding secretary Heather Gies.
In a phone interview with the Straight, Popat maintained that his group’s decision to contest the positions is not a challenge to Tim Louis, current external chair of the left-leaning party.
Based on Popat’s account, which was corroborated by Louis in a separate interview, Popat advised Louis to seek a post other than the chair.
But Louis refused, setting the stage for a vote at COPE’s annual general meeting on Sunday (July 6).