Three-term COPE Councillor and former COPE Mayoral candidate David Cadman is endorsing Mayor Robertson and Vision in this election, and is highlighting the risk of Kirk LaPointe and the NPA to Vancouver’s housing, environmental, and social programs.
"I'm supporting Gregor because he has the right priorities on transit, on housing, and on the environment," said Cadman. "It's disturbing to see the backwards policies coming from Kirk LaPointe and the NPA. For the NPA to have a platform that says nothing on homelessness, nothing on child care, nothing on harm reduction - that is a big risk that voters need to be aware of.
“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. 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.”
"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 Mayor Robertson. “Vancouver voters need to be aware that if Kirk LaPointe and the NPA win, you lose -- on housing, on the environment, and on vital public services. Their platform does not have a single commitment on homelessness, but includes spending promises that will require major cuts to city services.
“Kirk LaPointe does not live, work or pay taxes in Vancouver, but his policies will hurt the people who do.”
Hours after voting opened, the NPA released a platform yesterday. It did not include any commitments on helping people who are homeless, new child care spaces, climate change, or mental health and addictions. An analysis of the NPA's promises shows that Kirk LaPointe would blow a $146 million hole in the City’s finances - which would require significant budget cuts to pay for them.