Kirk LaPointe

Fiscal prudence among first casualties of Canada’s pandemic politics

The federal throne speech declared: “This is not a time for austerity.” And: “Canadians should not have to take on debt that their government can better shoulder.” Easily declared, of course, when...

Premier offers frail justification for calling B.C. vote

A government in pandemic is supposed to be about healing, not opening wounds – a collective aim to flatten the curve, to lessen the divide. Leadership ministers to differences, fosters collective...

Horgan’s election call is ill-timed and opportunistic

It is not an election the province needs. It is an election John Horgan wants. His governing NDP has no requirement for any new mandate. It has dealt with the pandemic for six months and no...

Recovery plan slaps Band-Aid on major economic hemorrhage

May we be clear?   The purported NDP economic recovery plan is designed to be a NDP majority government recovery plan.  Not for nearly two decades, when Netflix was only mailing us DVDs, when water...

Pandemic will force Horgan’s hand in timing of B.C. election

It sounds grim, but it would take a significant pandemic outbreak in our schools in the next few days to avert a provincial election. It could come as early as October 24, but it would have to be...

Sorting assets from liabilities in Vancouver Canucks Inc. HR game

Hockey is a business. For the purpose of this exercise, then, let’s treat the Vancouver Canucks like a company approaching its annual budget process with pressing financial concerns, a strategic...

COVID-19’s cumulative effect hits Labour Day weekend hard

I cannot recall a Labour Day weekend like this Labour Day weekend.   The typical circumference of summer, proscribed by resting and recharging, was no more in 2020. We have been burdened in these...

Sombre fiscal update foretells gloomy outlook

The release Monday of the provincial financial results for 2019-20 feels from more like 2008-09, when the wheels were coming off the economy – the difference then being, the wheels later were...

Trudeau missteps are opening windows of opportunity for O’Toole

The reflexive, dismissive take among many federal Liberals would be to suggest that new Conservative leader Erin O’Toole is an avatar for social conservatives who want to reopen the debate on...

Tories’ pick unexpected after long slog at the polls

OK, let’s not unduly dwell on it, but yes, the machines malfunctioned. The Conservatives, priding themselves on effective business-like operations, could not get the machines to count the 175,000 or...