Kirk LaPointe

Vaxx-or-tax plan would be a detour down a slippery slope for Canada

Don’t do it, Justin. Don’t follow the desperation and determination of Quebec Premier François Legault, even if his vaxx-or-tax plan for his province is tempting. Don’t follow, either, the...

BC Liberal committee seeks to reassure voters after leadership candidates demand tougher audit of new memberships

Party organizers play down issue after six of seven campaigns question validity of at least 60% of party memberships sold since last May 1

Membership list controversy looms over BC Liberal leadership vote

Less than a month before it elects a new leader, the BC Liberal Party has a brewing controversy about the legitimacy of the organization’s membership list and who will be eligible to...

City pushes new paper tax on Vancouver retailers, coffee shops

The City of Vancouver sure can throw some curveballs at times. To paraphrase the late comedian Henny Youngman: Take the new paper cup and bag fees. . . please. In the throes of a pandemic, with...

B.C. health ministry should get failing grade in antigen test debate

It was a sad day last week to have to send funds to another province to buy a rapid antigen test to enhance my safety and the safety of those around me. It was a sad day, mainly, because my...

Surrey taxpayers foot the bill after mayor stumbles into mischief charge

When Vancouverites cry into their craft beer about the state of civic leadership, they can always find solace in contemplation of the shambles of Surrey. Mayor Doug McCallum has, almost since the...

Diplomatic dithering another example of Canada’s leadership deficit

Can anyone remember the last time Canadian diplomacy won something for the country? The list of losses and outright surrenders on international relations ought to convince us we are neither taken...

City taxpayers stuck with tab from Vancouver council's stratospheric spending

The truism in politics is that no matter how many levels of government come calling, there is only one taxpayer. In Vancouver, that taxpayer today is a) depleted, b) dismissed, c) dispirited, d)...

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun proves his depth in flood crisis

The phone rings at 7:30. Feels early, but Henry Braun has been up since 2. Three weeks into a touch-and-go natural disaster, the mayor of Abbotsford this morning has calm in his voice – even more...

Governments are asleep at the clean-transportation wheel

If our region wants to walk the talk about its environmental commitment, it has to make a home for those greener, cleaner industries to employ and generate prosperity. Yet a new report from the...