Kirk LaPointe

Victorious BC NDP faces uncertain political, economic landscape over next four years

Thanks to those mailed-in ballots, we will know who are the members of the next U.S. Congress before we know who are the members of the next B.C. Legislative Assembly. But at least we know who is...

Politicians exploiting the pandemic’s free pass to free spending

The pandemic has given our politicians a joyride, a field day, a licence, a leash with no tug. They can furrow their brows and proclaim stress all they want and point to the unprecedented challenge...

The pandemic in winter: a beast set to devour local businesses

I know, as a long-ago marathon runner, we are entering the pandemic’s physical and psychological phase of dissolute energy, mental withering and possibly hitting the wall. We were promised this long...

Monologue-heavy leaders' debate won’t change B.C. election conversation

Let’s not kid ourselves: A party leaders’ debate is a debate in name only. On a cynical level, it offers a ritualistic opportunity to recite talking points prepared by aides, to talk past each...

Expect long-delayed results from John Horgan’s snap election call

It is an election no one sought soon. It is also an election no one settles soon. October 24, the official vote date, is far from the finish line. Think nearly mid-November. Thank the pandemic and...

NDP election promises come with hefty hidden price tags

Sometimes, you just have to slap your head and wonder why you didn’t think of something sooner. Happens to everyone, too. The BC NDP, for example, has been navigating the province through the...

Wilkinson’s tax reform gambit a welcome pitch for B.C. consumers

Depending on our stations in life, everyone has a bias on how fairly taxes are devised and applied. No one loves them, but we hate them to varying degrees. Still, it’s clear, pretty well consensus,...

U.S. voters are the losers in Biden-Trump debate

“Will you just shut up, man?” “It’s hard to get a word in with this clown.” “Keep yapping, man.” “Can he just shush for a moment?” There are times you go to the theatre and need not read the...

Fiscal prudence among first casualties of Canada’s pandemic politics

The federal throne speech declared: “This is not a time for austerity.” And: “Canadians should not have to take on debt that their government can better shoulder.” Easily declared, of course, when...

Premier offers frail justification for calling B.C. vote

A government in pandemic is supposed to be about healing, not opening wounds – a collective aim to flatten the curve, to lessen the divide. Leadership ministers to differences, fosters collective...