Kirk LaPointe

SNC-Lavalin scandal holds fast to timeless political formula

Political scandals – usually about money, sometimes about sex – have their own laws of physics. Their pathologies rarely deviate. In the case of l’affaire SNC-Lavalin, what we are witnessing is...

Hard allegations threaten to shatter Trudeau government like glass

  Note: This column has been updated. Today the Liberal government finds itself cornered by a credible allegation, a cabinet resignation and a competence test. In any such existential position, it...

SNC-Lavalin scandal casts dark shadows over PM’s sunny ways

  Note: This column has been updated. I waited on the weekend for Justin Trudeau to climb out of the sinkhole, for Jody Wilson-Raybould to extend him a helping hand, for her successor David Lametti...

Finding sister opens long-closed window on where I came from

In early January, thanks to science, I received a belated but blessed Christmas gift. A half-sister. We grew up in the same city – two years apart, she of adoption, me of a single mother—unaware of...

Tax mail-out conjures up apparition of affordability

The BC NDP government seems to hinge a fair amount of its political success by invidiously comparing those who have some wealth with those it courts and cradles. The most prosperous these days are...

The murky reality of transparency in government

If we want to stop making a mockery of the term “transparency,” then our institutions have to accept they will be made a mockery of at times. Small price, but let’s face it, who wants to do even...

My hour-plus of invective from political trickster Roger Stone

If we are lucky, or fluky, we all have a Brush With Fame. Like mine with Roger Stone, who pleaded not guilty Tuesday to obstruction of justice, witness tampering and making false statements as a...

Vancouver mayor seeks to open floodgates of political mad money

If you want to build support in politics, there are few better ways than to buy it. By coincidence, on the same day the provincial scene was rocked by a report on legislative officer largesse,...

Reflections of an independent public servant

I fastened my cufflinks, put on my new British grey, er, black suit, poured myself a stiff belt of booze I brought discreetly through customs and settled in with my noise-cancelling Bose headphones...

Skills shortage challenge: 2019’s attraction and retention imperatives

Business in Vancouver sheds light on labour shortage across many sectors