Vision Vancouver wants half of seats on next council

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      Vision Vancouver is gunning for five of the 10 seats on council in the October 20 election.

      The ruling party currently holds the same number on council.

      Vision co-chair Michael Haack told the Georgia Straight by phone Monday (June 4) that in addition to the five council seats, the party will aim for three seats on school board and two on park board.

      Haack mentioned these numbers after Vision issued a media release noting that it had signed an agreement with the Vancouver and District Labour Council (VDLC) as part of a larger deal with parties on the left side of the political spectrum.

      “Our shared goal in this election is to keep progressive leadership at every level of local government to deliver on the issues that matter most, and that’s what this agreement is about,” Haack stated in the release.

      If prospective Vision mayoral aspirant Ian Campbell gets nominated and wins the election, Vision will retain control of city hall.

      OneCity issued a separate release stating that its agreement with the VDLC will see it run two candidates for council, and three for school board.

      “We look forward to forming a progressive government in Vancouver in October,” OneCity declared.

      In another phone interview, Pete Fry of the Green Party of Vancouver told the Straight that his party’s agreement with VDLC involves three Green candidates each for council, school board, and park board.

      In addition to Vision, OneCity and Green Party, the Coalition of Progressive Electors and the group of antipoverty activist Jean Swanson are expected to sign respective agreements with the VDLC.