COPE's David Cadman endorses Mayor Robertson
Former COPE mayoral candidate and three-term COPE councillor David Cadman endorsed Mayor Gregor Robertson at Vision Vancouver’s campaign office this morning.
“I think this election is too important to risk splitting the vote among variety of new parties and have the risk of losing city council, because with it we’ll go affordable housing, harm reduction, homelessness strategy, greenest city initiative, public transit, a whole variety of things,” said Cadman. “[It’s] what the city progressively needs.”
"I’ve always supported a joint COPE-Vision strategy," he said. "I was part of that; I remain part of that,” Cadman said of his previous combined efforts with Vision (2005, 2008, 2011). “I’m sticking to that position. I think we need to keep the progressive votes together.”
he challenge of splitting the votes and lose a majority of the party’s councillors would be a huge step backward, he said.
He added that one of the main reasons he didn’t support COPE's mayoral candidate Meena Wong is because he didn’t want to draw votes from Robertson. Voting for the NPA candidate, he said, would prevent the city from moving forward.
“I don’t think we can afford, in this city, to move to a representative who doesn’t even live in the city, who can’t vote in the city and have these people in charge of this city,” said Cadman.
"David has a long track record of leadership on environmental and social justice issues, including as a member of the Greenest City Action Team, and I’m grateful for his support in this election,” said Robertson.
Cadman is not a Vision member, he clarified, and he might still be a COPE member “by virtue of donation,” he said. COPE still owes Cadman about $20, 000 from a $50,000 loan in the early 2000’s. Although he said he doesn’t want to be involved in city politics as a candidate, he said he backs Vision because he is very familiar with the team and its policies.
“As a former COPE Councillor, I worked closely with Mayor Robertson and Vision councillors on developing the Greenest City Action Plan, and the City’s Affordable Housing and Homelessness Plan,” said Cadman. “Kirk LaPointe and the NPA’s platform would wipe those out. Progressive voters need to stick together and make sure our city keeps moving forward.”
A comment from COPE is pending.