Kirk LaPointe

Alberta election hands useful political bogeyman to Horgan and Trudeau

Yes, indeed, Jason Kenney is a political nightmare for Justin Trudeau and John Horgan. But he is also their dream. Sure enough, the newly elected Alberta premier stands to be the foil that neither...

The time for Vancouver’s 4-20 ‘protest’ to butt out is long overdue

Pot is a hot mess. Responsible people are irresponsibly bumbling legalization while irresponsible people cannot figure how to act responsibly. The black market remains, very conservatively,...

Conservative leader Scheer still finding his political feet

For the time being at least, the man of the moment in national politics is Andrew Scheer, the soft-spoken Saskatchewan MP who leads the Conservative Party of Canada. With the Liberals entangled in...

Do ads and economics point to a spring election for B.C.?

The door is open as widely as it might ever be, so will the BC NDP walk through? It will sound a little weedy and backhanded as a half-hearted, double-negative assertion, but I have not been...

Scandal lays bare the prime minister’s unethical exercise of power

The eminent biographer, Robert Caro, was quoted in recent days about the effect of power. Does it necessarily corrupt, as the cliché goes? No, he answered, it can actually cleanse. But more...

Why ICBC is an unlikely ride-hailing roadblock in British Columbia

In the stubborn delays to ride hailing, the BC NDP government has consistently argued it is waiting for the Insurance Corp. of British Columbia (ICBC) to create a plan for ride-hailing services so...

Morneau preaches sunny ways to roomful of B.C. business unbelievers

Granted, the Business Council of BC crowd is not your basic cross-section of provincial society. Its expectations and evaluations of the federal government’s economic strategy are bound to be more...

In search of a better social housing strategy in an empty city lot

The idle lot at 58 West Hastings Street is a metaphor for the city’s surreal strategy on how to address its complicated social housing challenge. Nothing happens because everything is expected. The...

Liberal budget stokes election engine with heavy spending

The cliché is that pre-election budgets are jammed with goodies. The reality for Justin Trudeau is that he needs these goodies in a way he didn’t think he would. He was exceptional in courting...

Huawei and 5G present Liberals with a complex tech challenge

Even as it delivers its pre-election budget this week, the Justin Trudeau government has serious corporate issues on its plate: the SNC-Lavalin matter that won’t disappear no matter how it tries, the...