A Plea For Independents

In a conversation with someone yesterday, it was suggested that I had been described by a third party as a COPE supporter.  Obviously that third party doesn’t know me very well and certainly isn’t familiar with my writings.

I am not a COPE supporter. But I am not a COPE supporter in exactly the same way as I am not a Vision supporter or a TEAM or NPA or NSV or Vancouver First or Cedar Party supporter.

I believe that political parties should be banned from municipal politics, that City Council should be made up entirely of ward-based independents.  These independents will support and represent their constituents rather than any party.  They will make up their own minds on issues as they arise rather than blindly follow some manifesto or ideology. Issues-based ad hoc coalitions will drive Council decisions.

I believe in the people and not in parties. Independent ward-based Councilors, elected without corporate or union or other third party financing, will bring the common sense of the people to the Council table.  And the dangerous politicization of the City bureaucracy will cease.

So, if anyone else is asking, that’s where my support lies.

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One Response to A Plea For Independents

  1. glen says:

    Hello and sorry for the delay. I doubt anyone will read this but I agree with what you say for the most part. I woke up from my private world about 11 months ago because I became so alarmed by the destruction and lack of care being exhibited by our Mayor and his party. Not that we see wards as the most important issue but we are trying to build our group like its own ward system so to speak. The truth that we have found is that you can beg and beg for candidates but you can’t push a horse to water. Most people don’t want to run and Cedar is not interested in people that want to run. We are being made up of people that are so sickened that they feel they must run. Another thing is that because it is so daunting I can’t see that many would want to do it alone. Cedar is kind of like a party of independents. We are not doing this for giggles. We want to save our city but in order to make things better we must win. Cedar will not engage in whipped votes and we look forward to the day that we can share our full platform with everyone. All the best and thanks for giving a sht. Glen Chernen – 4 Mayor

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