COPE’s Tim Louis may vote for Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver

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      Candidates on the combined council slate of the ruling Vision Vancouver and Coalition of Progressive Electors should start asking themselves one question.

      Who among them may lose the vote of maverick COPE council candidate Tim Louis?

      That’s because at least one of the nine other council candidates in the Vision-COPE alliance potentially may not be among the ballot choices of Louis.

      Louis has indicated that he’s eager to work in council with Terry Martin, one of the four council candidates of the new electoral group Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver.

      What’s more, Louis also believes that NSV is raising important questions in the campaign, and that voters should pay attention to these.

      “I’m going to be voting for people that I can work with,” Louis told the Straight in a recent phone interview when asked if he’s voting for NSV’s Martin. “I think it’s important that we implement positive solutions, that we work together to implement positive solutions. Terry is certainly somebody I could work with.”

      The left-leaning lawyer and former city councillor has a high opinion of NSV, which is running four council candidates and a candidate for mayor.

      “They are speaking to very important issues,” Louis said. “Number one, how do we ensure that development is not for the benefit of developers but instead for the benefit of neighbourhoods? And number two, how do we ensure that development is sustainable? They’re raising some very important and very necessary questions.”

      The Straight asked him whether voters should pay attention to NSV.

      “I think that we all need to learn to pay attention to important messages,” Louis responded. “It doesn’t matter what party the message comes from. If it’s a good message, we need to pay attention to that message.”

      Going back to Martin, the Straight asked Louis whether Vancouver voters should support the NSV candidate.

      “I think it’s very important for people to determine where the different candidates stand on issues that are important to them, and then vote based on the issues,” Louis said.



      Fed Up

      Oct 28, 2011 at 11:18am

      Just copied this from another site and it looks to be the right mix a little left a little right and NO Vision

      COPE's Tim Louie
      NSV's Elizabeth Murphy, Marie Kerchum and Terry Marti
      Green Adrian Carr
      NPA's Bill Yuen, Ken Charko and Joe Carangi
      Vancouver Not Vegas Sandy Garissino

      Joseph Jones

      Oct 28, 2011 at 11:56am

      No Vision is what we have had for the past three years, led by Gregor "Son of Sam" Robertson. Since there is no Vision, let's make that a fact on Council from 2011 forward. After all, we do not want the people and our city to perish. (That's an allusion.) Watch big lies being told in December 2008 at

      Joseph Jones

      Oct 28, 2011 at 11:59am

      Sorry, 2008 not 2010


      Oct 28, 2011 at 12:23pm

      Uh, remember that the COPE membership voted to cooperate with Vision to defeat the NPA. Or maybe you don't care about the COPE membership's wishes?


      Oct 28, 2011 at 12:28pm

      JJ Yes Vision is corrupt by why promote the NPA? Talk about divisive and counter productive. People should join COPE and work towards running an actual leftwing candidate for mayor in 2014 rather than just trying to put the NPA back in power.

      Tim Louis

      Oct 28, 2011 at 12:38pm

      Georgia Straight readers need to have some clarification of my position in regards to my voting intention. My quotes ascribed to me in the article where taken out of context and incorrectly inferred who I would be voting for on Election Day.

      I want to be clear. What I said was that I can work with others around city council. And if I am fortunate enough of to win the voters confidence I will have 10 other people to work with, some from other political parties. Whoever gets elected on November 19th, I hope I can work with them. I want to work with anyone who wants to get things done on the important issues facing Vancouver. Issues like ending homelessness, improving public transit, listening to neighbourhoods, and creating an ecologically sustainable Vancouver.

      I have worked in the past with Raymond Louie to gets things done on developing an ethical purchasing plan for the city. I have worked with Peter Ladner in putting forward food security policy in the city.

      I look forward to working with others to continue to get things done. Including people I am not voting for.

      COPE’s membership voted to enter a co-operative agreement with Vision Vancouver in order to engage as many voters as possible on Election Day. COPE is a democratic organisation, and I am a principled believer in this democratic process and whole heartedly respect the decision of COPE’s membership.

      Regardless of how people vote, I hope all voters consider all of their choices, think about the important issues facing our city, and make an informed choice on November 19th.

      Tim Louis

      Rob Roy

      Oct 28, 2011 at 1:05pm

      Tim Louis may be in a wheelchair, but he can backtrack with the best of them.

      I think we need to believe his first comments, and not his retraction. His note above is not a reconsideration. It is a cloak. Everyone knows his true feelings about Vision, and the Vision-COPE alliance. It's more a bedroom deal than a backroom deal, and Tim doesn't like it.

      Tim -- we like you better when you tell it plain. Your backtracking just cost you.

      Darrell 'Saxmaniac' Zimmerman

      Oct 28, 2011 at 1:57pm

      Vote for me for FREE TRANSIT. Also i am at the Occupy and will deliver a peaceful resolution. Darrell Zimmerman for Mayor of Vancouver 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Unfortunate title

      Oct 28, 2011 at 2:03pm

      I don't know much about working on a paper, but I do know that reporters don't generally pick the title for their pieces. This is good report, but a poorly chosen title. Louis says he could vote for people he is able to work with. The next quote states that he could work with Terry Martin. Elsewhere he talks about working with Ray Louie and Peter Ladner. The editor could have as easily mischosen the title that "Louis may vote for the NPA" or "Louis may vote for Vision". The editor was sloppy, whether to draw attention to the article, to mislead, or simply because he was being sloppy. Any which way it's a poorly chosen title.

      City Observer

      Oct 28, 2011 at 2:43pm

      Fed up, you've got to be kidding. Vote for the NPA's Ken Charko. He's a buffoon, an afterthought inclusion on the NPA slate. When you've got strong, principled NPA candidates -- like Mike Klassen, Sean Bickerton and Bill McCreery, not to mention Francis Wong -- on the ballot, why would you consider a vote for Charko?

      As long as that unrepentant right-winger, Vision Vancouver's Tony Tang, and the NPA's Charko don't emerge as winning candidates come November 19th, I'll be satisfied.

      As for independent Sandy Garossino, and NSV's Terry Martin, they've got my vote. And, of course, I'm voting the COPE slate ... Tim Louis, Ellen Woodsworth and RJ Aquino.

      We need strong, responsive, <strong>informed</strong> democratic Councillors to represent our interests on Council, a mix of candidates running for COPE / NPA / NSV, and independents. And maybe even a couple VV candidates. That candidate mix promises good government.