Neither the Green Party of Vancouver nor Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver has an appetite at this time for exploring an electoral partnership with the Coalition of Progressive Electors.
On April 7, COPE members approved a motion at the party’s annual general meeting to hold nominations for a mayoral candidate and a majority slate for council to run in the election next year. If the party doesn’t change course, it means an end to its alliance with ruling party Vision Vancouver.
Lone Green councillor Adriane Carr noted that her party is content with where it is right now. “People were happy certainly with the fact that we ended up electing myself as the first Green councillor, and did so because I believe we drew support from across the spectrum,” Carr told the Straight by phone.
Randy Helten, who ran as NSV’s mayoral nominee in 2011, indicated that while his party shares many principles with COPE, a coalition might not be in the cards. “I think Vancouver may be moving towards a greater diversity of civic parties, and I think from the NSV perspective, we’re glad to see diversity happening,” Helten told the Straight in a phone interview.