Former COPE candidate launches new Vancouver party 0
RJ Aquino says his new civic political party One City aims to tackle the affordable housing issue in Vancouver. (JEREMY NUTTALL/24 HOURS)
A new municipal party that says it’s made up of former members of Vision Vancouver and the Coalition of Progressive Electors is looking to wade into the city’s political sea.
Called OneCity, the party launched itself with a press conference Monday at Vancouver City Hall.
Current sole candidate — and former COPE candidate — R.J. Aquino said the party’s former members from both Vision and COPE were unhappy with the political parties.
“It’s just a growing dissatisfaction with how politics is done,” Aquino said. “We feel it could be done in a way that’s more engaging and more accessible and more focused on growing a movement than focusing specifically on politics.”
He said affordable housing in the city has taken a backseat to condominium development, suggesting the issue is creating a divide within Vancouver between low- and high-income residents.
That will be a focus of the party.
“The goal of building a life here is getting further out of our reach,” he said, stressing he wants the city to be a place in which future generations of current residents can afford to live.
OneCity said it will release its official platform in the future, but did not give a firm date.
Though Aquino is the only candidate, he said more are in the works and Park Board candidates would also be accepted by the party.