Kirk LaPointe

Referendum on electoral reform is bound to end badly for B.C.

The municipal campaign was truly draining and frustrating to watch: too many choices, too many new people to assess, too little time to sort it through. Now, with a dozen rookie mayors and hundreds...

Late to the party, Canada needs to kick-start China courtship now

This much is clear: we need China. China needs us. We can figure out why; we have some difficulty with the how. The economic benefits of a bond are clear, as are the perils of ignoring it. Let’s...

BC Liberals tapping the fear factor in the electoral reform debate

Fear is an accomplished, even admired weapon of politics. It stirs our fight-or-flight instincts and moves people more swiftly than anything to support or oppose. Much as we would like to think...

Questions answered, answers questioned in LNG Canada decision

This much is clear: the formal Final Investment Decision of the LNG Canada megaproject is an extraordinary opportunity for Northern BC and for Canada and a test of our abilities to deliver our energy...

U.S. bully lets Canada off with a light roughing-up in NAFTA deal

The moral of the story: Bullies win. Often. Canada has little to show for its negotiation of a new trade pact with the United States and Mexico. And when Donald Trump says his biggest concession was...

Trade disaster looms if PM has miscalculated NAFTA negotiation

Any day now, I worry, we will hear that time is up on trying to graciously appease America’s appetite anew to claw further into our domestic policies – that the three-sided North American Free Trade...

Duplex ploy a devious development decision from departing Vision

So, the lame duck has flipped the bird. Last week’s last-gasp Vision Vancouver rezoning of the city to permit duplexes and eventually more in our single-family housing neighbourhoods was a death-bed...

Fear far more than a chronicle of White House bluster and blunder

I spent the transformative summer afternoons of 1972 affixed to the new colour television set in my grandparents’ living room. The Watergate hearings chaired by the drawling and laconic Sam Ervin...

Tee time following breakfast for Vincent

Vincent was alone in the hotel restaurant when I arrived before 7 to see a friend for breakfast, and I hadn’t seen him in the flesh for ages. He was reading the paper, trim for 70, quick and cheery...

Trudeau, taxpayers take it on the chin in Trans Mountain fight

If you think Donald Trump had a rough month, what with his major aides flipping on him, think of Justin Trudeau, what with his major issues flipping on him. First, his government was bullied and...