Kirk LaPointe

First BC NDP coalition budget opts for low drama economic stewardship

The B.C. budget is a low-drama peace offering about stewardship of the country’s best economy and a high-drama declaration of war on the country’s worst housing mess. Skeptics have been waiting for...

B.C. pipeline fight a test of Trudeau’s national parenting prowess

Families feud. What they dispute is almost never as important as how they settle. But there is more to the conflict between the sibling provinces of B.C. and Alberta than the aim of resolution....

UBCM report provides a blueprint for a regional housing strategy

There is no small irony that the cover page of last week’s Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) report on a housing strategy is a photo of someone turning a doorknob. Remember the doorknob? That...

Improvement needed in business improvement association process

Full disclosure: this story affects where I work. Some self-interest may be on display, even in trying to be fair to the issue. We have found ourselves here on West 5th Avenue drawn into a campaign...

Corrigan now driving transit infrastructure improvement bus

Let's not overstate it. He is not the 2018 version of Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World. There is no doubt, though, that if there is a local person to watch in the first six months of...

No great expectations: a baker’s dozen of fanciful predictions for 2018

Fearless predictions, at this time of year, usually prove to be groundless predictions. I prefer fanciful predictions: more idealistic and baggage-free, less likely to be fulfilled, and therefore...

B.C. premier’s Plan A in the wake of Site C

The mantle has not come simply. No one else wanted the job he took in 2014 to lead the BC NDP as official Opposition. The province did not clearly elect the NDP in 2017 to lead B.C. The...

Big problems with Bill Morneau’s retooled business tax plan

If Bill Morneau wants a happy holiday, he had better hope Santa isn’t an incorporated small-business professional. There would be more than coal in the stocking. Annus horribilis is ending for the...

This BC Green PR campaign could deliver coalition coagulation

At least Andrew Weaver is clear: he will keep opposing the party he will continue to support. The BC Green Party leader is rather like the dog that chews your slippers out of fury, then brings them...

Adding up BC NDP’s political losses from Horgan’s Site C decision

John Horgan never said he would kill the Site C hydroelectric project. Never. He was as good as word Monday in finessing the mountain of advice and rejecting the mounting political pressure on how...