Kirk LaPointe

Despite controversy, Trans Mountain approval is the only way forward

Only in Canada could the government majority declare a climate emergency one night in the House of Commons and next morning see its cabinet approve a megaproject to channel and ship extracted bitumen...

Trudeau and Fearsome Five star in Resource Fist Fight: The Sequel

The West is out. Again. The federal-provincial narrative of pre-election politics is on. Again. As it heads into an election, Justin Trudeau’s suddenly trailing government is in the process of...

Trudeau grasping at straws with single-use plastic ban

I remember my pack-a-day mother swearing off cigarettes when the doctor scheduled her for a partial lung removal. She lived for more than a decade afterward, but the damage had been done. But at...

Liberals whistling past Canada’s infrastructure initiative graveyard

It has been evident in recent weeks and months that the federal government is in a weak position – even though it might proceed – to grant the go-ahead to widen the Trans Mountain pipeline. The...

AG’s aggravation with BIV precedes Trumpian Tweetstorm

There are, I am sure, smarter choices of people with whom to perpetuate a scrap than the province’s attorney general. But I must. David Eby got ultra-snarky online the other night with our...

Time to remove BC NDP, taxi lobby ride-hailing roadblocks in B.C.

Lament our leadership. Granted, most every politician needs to possess the ingredients of blarney and bluster. What genuine veins they possess must on occasion run cold blood through them to evade...

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s re-election path winds through political wilderness

Sorry to say, the diminution of Jody Wilson-Raybould has taken hold in earnest. The once-mighty cabinet minister, an Indigenous icon who stood to break barrier after barrier from the centre of...

Canada’s economy caught in hardball China-U.S. 5G squeeze play

Only in Canada can we take a hostage and be held for ransom at once. I’m referring to the mess of Meng and the hassle of Huawei, the gift that keeps on giving. It must make Justin Trudeau happy he...

Another instalment in Canada’s freedom of information follies

I couldn’t stifle the laughter when the defence team for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou said it was requesting documents under the federal Access to Information Act to fight her extradition. I can...

BC NDP seeks political payoff from public inquiry into money laundering

If it makes us feel any better, we can all recall how John Horgan only months ago threw shade on the need for a money laundering inquiry: too time-consuming, too resource-greedy, too distractive, too...