VISION Vancouver announced on Monday that it had signed onto an agreement with the Vancouver and District Labour Council (VDLC) as part of larger agreement with progressive parties in advance the October election.
“The best course for delivering a progressive majority is for us to work alongside other progressive voices,” said Michael Haack, Co-Chair of Vision Vancouver. “The five parties involved are all distinct – we agree on some things and we may disagree on others – but what we agree on is this: the issues facing Vancouverites are big enough that we need to keep working together to solve them.”
He added: “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.
“Vision Vancouver is proud of our progressive leadership on Council, School Board and Park Board over the past decade. Unlike the NPA, who have – as they have frequently done in their history – shown they care more about their own personal and party interests and in fighting with each other, we are pleased that progressive parties have decided to cooperate in this manner, and put the future of the city first.
“The threat posed by the NPA should not be underestimated. Under Ken Sim’s leadership, it will be the same old NPA that want to turn the clock back on affordable housing, sustainable transportation and building a fair and strong local economy,” said Haack. “Vision has accomplished a lot in the last decade, and we can’t stop now.”