Vancouver Municipal Election 2011: It will come as no surprise to our readers that Mayor Gregor Robertson and the Vision-COPE slate get The Vancouver Observer's endorsement. We believe that Vision-COPE slate will represent the best interests of the city now and into the future.
Voting for the entire slate is a vote for an efficient council that can get things done without being bogged down by endless partisan bickering.
The NPA is fighting for its life right now with everything money can buy. Their campaign operatives run a mean and demeaning campaign, a la Rob Ford. This isn't a new NPA. It's the same NPA. We believe the party has for many years now allowed rants to replace reality.
Starting with the angry and insulting City Caucus blog, the NPA has allowed its fury over being displaced by a young and forward thinking mayor and council to devolve into name-calling, attempts at public humiliation, and endless cartooning of serious issues that affect the city. Sadly, this distracts from open dialogue. The NPA's municipal campaign has been run the same way.
In contrast, Vision-COPE have much to be proud of. From the Greenest City Plan, to a focus on food policy, transportation, sanitation, housing and affordability, to their refusal to expand gambling in the city, they have accomplished much in the last three years. In the next three years, they can accomplishing much more. With young,dedicated candidates like Trevor Loke and Nicki Sharma, running for parks board, and Tony Tang for City Council, Vision-COPE's ticket mixes fresh newcomers with experienced leaders.
Vote Vision-Cope on Saturday.