Kirk LaPointe

Governments' unsolved problems sink Teck oilsands mine

Only the board of directors and senior executives of Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd. can provide the real story on why the company’s Frontier oilsands project was pulled Sunday. But there are...

BC NDP staying the course with its safe-as-milk 2020 budget

In 2017 you would have been lost in a large, skeptical crowd certain how the BC NDP would steward the economy in British Columbia. There weren’t even bets to take on it. They would spend like mad,...

Cautious B.C. budget gives NDP’s enemies little ammunition

It reads more like a press release than a budget, more like an annual report than next year’s plan. A Stronger BC, For Everyone arrives at that awkward phase of a government’s mandate – too late to...

Age of Anxiety stoking fires of widespread economic instability

We all love stability in our economy. At a personal level: predictable prices for food and shelter, incomes we can count on, taxes that don’t gyrate. Even at a level we cannot personally...

Storm of protest rages outside sunny B.C. throne speech

Indoors, this was the picture: Things are great and getting greater in British Columbia. Just wait. Outdoors, this was the picture: Things are awful and getting awfully worse. Just wait. The...

Dust far from settled in wake of Trans Mountain court decision

Sometimes, particularly when it leaves one party dissatisfied, the law is an inelegant instrument. For now, at least, last week’s go-ahead of the Trans Mountain pipeline project by the Federal Court...

B.C. racking up a losing record in the business of global sports

Sport is identity-intrinsic, government is identity-inciting; it would help if, every so often, the latter would help the former make us feel better. Remember, say, what we felt 10 years ago?...

Mid-mandate BC NDP makeover moves the party to middle ground

No matter what stripe the political party, the predictable pattern will emerge in government: you campaign radically and govern moderately. The left and right rhetoric slushily slides into the mushy...

Big Taxi’s big roadblocks stalling ride-hailing competition in B.C.

We got ride-sharing last week in the Lower Mainland. People hopped a lift from neighbours in the cold and snow. We had ride-hailing, too. People waved their arms to flag a taxi. But we had neither...

B.C. stands to profit regally from having Duke and Duchess of Sussex as residents

Many of us have come to British Columbia to reinvent, even escape. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle picked up on this fact somehow amid the fake facts that dog them in the tabloids. Now they will be...