Kirk LaPointe

Massey mire shows government removed from reality

If the BC NDP government were a football team, it would punt on second down. Policy after policy, study after study, to wit in its short history: Ride hailing. Mobility pricing. Money laundering....

In wake of Huawei CFO’s arrest, Canada should revisit its relationship with Chinese tech

Really, this mess with Meng Wanzhou had better be worth it. The trouble we are being or might be put through: threats and deeds of reciprocity, punitive boycotts, discouragement of tourism and...

CleanBC plan puts off personal pain until after next election

John Horgan is fond of recalling his teacher’s edict: “Show your work.” The premier, faced with solving a big math problem in his largest test yet of his skills, last week skipped out of class...

Firestorm in legislature could leave Speaker’s reputation in ashes

I’ve never met a Speaker of a legislature whose hat size did not grow out of necessity in the first few months on the job. It goes as so: A regular person at first squeezes and contorts into the...

Mortgage mathematics not adding up for older generations in B.C.

The main critique of BC NDP housing taxes has been that they breed attacks on the difficult-to-defend wealth of the longtime homeowner – that they are, in effect, thinly veiled class warfare. But I...

New B.C. legislation tosses more regulatory roadblocks in front of ride hailing

Well, shame on us for wanting Uber and Lyft. The BC NDP government has shown our demands to be unnecessary. What were we thinking? The legislation unveiled Monday to bring what the rest of North...

Vancouver’s post-election economic engine needs attention

The most serious absence in the recent municipal campaign was a material discussion about how to attract and develop higher-paying jobs. It was as if there were no Vancouver economy to consider as...

Debate lays bare the need for less partisanship in push for PR

Debates in campaigns are hit-and-miss in determining voter outcomes. Consider last Thursday’s (November 8) debate – Premier John Horgan supporting proportional representation, BC Liberal leader...

Young people in crisis continue to be neglected in our affluent city

I hate to have to do this. Again. And again. And again. And I fear I will do it again. And again. And again. Our city is awash in affluence. It has extraordinary wealth in pockets. The supercar...

First past the post fix-it guide to a better electoral reform option

When your computer doesn’t function quickly, you upgrade its software. When your car doesn’t run smoothly, you repair the engine. You don’t throw them out. So let’s agree, our rusty, dusty, fusty...