Kirk LaPointe

Unearthed photo deep-sixes Justin Trudeau’s brand

If there is a visceral Liberal fear in this election campaign, it resembles the Conservative slogan about the prime minister: Not As Advertised. The Conservatives believe they can persuade Canadians...

Vancouver Music Strategy strikes mostly sour notes

Were I still writing reviews, I would hardly know where to start in panning the Vancouver Music Strategy. Is it the missed notes? The off-pitch, wrong key, weak repertoire? The audience...

Odds-on favourite in federal election race: none of the above

I suppose someone has to be prime minister. I suppose some party has to win the October 21 federal election. I’m just not sure who, what or why. As the campaign commences, it is hard to recall any...

Cold economic realities wither rosy B.C. budget projections

Ah, the rose. A beautiful presence. A short-lived bloom. But once done, just the thorns to see. The message of our province’s finance minister Tuesday as she delivered a quarterly economic update...

Inside the job interview room with the Recruiter and the Applicant

Thank you for coming today. I want to discuss your application for the job of prime minister. There are other applicants for the role, as you know, and we will be filling the position October 21....

Report on B.C. gas prices a 'painful portrait' with no close look at the role of taxes

In the hours before the long weekend, where big news is brought to be buried, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) painted a frustrating picture Friday of why our gas prices are North...

Hong Kong hot potato landing squarely in British Columbia’s lap

A statement: in support of the daily democratic demands in the streets of Hong Kong, rather milquetoast in language by western standards, to speak for the 300,000 there who hold Canadian...

B.C. ride-hailing’s relaunch is dead end for passengers and drivers alike

I suppose the next-best thing for governments to do when they can’t please everyone is to ensure they don’t please anyone. Case in point is the regime emerging in British Columbia to launch –...

Sober-minded Trudeau tale dodges dirt and sticks to the facts

The political book has been reshaped in the last quarter-century, for better and for worse, by the inner-working explorations of high-profile journalists like Bob Woodward and Michael Wolff. Their...

Trudeau’s excuses won’t shield him from fallout of bombshell ethics report

Justin Trudeau has been handed a live grenade as he enters the critical period to retain office. We might wonder: what might he do? Thumb into the hole? Toss it down the road? He has no easy call....