Kirk LaPointe

Trudeaumania 2.0’s glamour train is rapidly running out of track

Conventional wisdom is that, while bizarre, it is a badge of distinction as Canadians to have the world’s most powerful person suddenly like his adversary, the cultish nuke-hungry autocratic...

Infusion of private capital could help revive Vancouver’s lifeless public parks

A friend, broadcaster Jody Vance, swears to me she did not pull strings last week to get her issue heard on the local news. I wouldn’t have blamed her if she had, though. I’m about to do the...

Meeting the main man staking out Kinder Morgan middle ground

The man in the middle is quite a man. Ernie Crey, leader of the Cheam First Nation, has arguably emerged as the most important factor in finding the middle path in the national and provincial...

Wrangling with the complex realities of proportional representation

We live in a world of instant gratification, in an age of just-good-enough products and at a time of impatience and distraction. That doesn’t mean we have to cater to it. With many things we might...

Government is a major contributor to higher Metro house prices

If we are serious about slowing the hyperactive escalator lifting our housing prices to higher and higher levels, then we have to push the emergency button and explore what part is...

Unwelcome surprise may await taxpayers at centre of Trans Mountain pipeline nationalization

It is a Kinder Surprise. Taxpayers have bought an expensive version of the chocolate egg. We can only guess what’s inside and what it will create. No matter your position on the Trans Mountain...

All roads lead to costlier driving in Metro Vancouver

Wave the white flag. Surrender. Another tax is coming. It could come in three or four years, possibly five, most likely six, maybe even seven. It could be three or four dollars a day for drivers,...

Canadian taxpayers to the rescue of Trudeau pipeline imperative

When in doubt, spend our money. The cynic in me is deeply troubled we have come to the point where a nationally approved energy project must be nationally indemnified. But so it is – so it must be –...

Premier presiding over a corrosive new lesson in class warfare

What is the most revealing element of politicians? Their ideas? Their policies? Not even close: it’s their character. It’s their nature. It’s their innate emotional intelligence. The best...

Poor marks on housing, taxation in Metro Vancouver’s report card

Remember running home from school, eager to show your parents your report card? Or maybe you ran home, eager to hide the report card under the bed, figure out how to forge a signature and explain to...