Kirk LaPointe

Budget long on spending plans, short on revenue generation ideas

Give it props: the Justin Trudeau government has been world-class in spending our money. But it was long past time Thursday to be world-class in raising some. The federal budget did nothing of the...

Steering megamerger, bridging digital divide on Rogers CEO’s to-do list

Tony Staffieri’s road to the role as president and CEO of Rogers Communications was not without its detours. The last steps on the path were quite publicly messy: a sudden departure last fall as...

BC NDP needs directions to nearest off-ramp on over-taxation highway

The business community’s knock on NDP governments – and on ours provincially – is that they know squat about an economy and that it’s only a matter of time before it’s regularly apparent. The last...

B.C. baseball fans anticipate return of Canadians to Canada

Let my bias show: One of the jewels of Vancouver was lost to us in the pandemic, possibly lost to us permanently. Thankfully we get it back, and quite a bit more, in April. Sure, we know, two...

Federal Liberal-NDP pact eliminates minority government's accountability

If a week is an eternity in politics, then three years is the substance of sci-fi time travel. Let’s say that three years ago, two political parties – let’s call them Liberals and NDP – agreed on a...

Adriane Carr candidacy could spell serious trouble for Vancouver mayor

For several weeks now, the most intriguing person in Vancouver politics has been Adriane Carr, the third-term Green Party councillor contemplating ascension to mayor. For no one else has such...

Trudeau fumbling another global affairs ball in Ukraine crisis

I am old enough to remember the regular nuclear war drills at school: the bells prompting us to curl into fetal positions under the wooden desks, or in the more involved version, hands held with...

Office technology is no substitute for human interaction

Two years ago this week, amid anxiety and uncertainty about the coronavirus, thousands of employers sent millions of Canadians home. Fingers were crossed that work could be conducted remotely without...

Athletes’ dark days provide path to enlightened business leadership

I recall the shock two years ago of an email alert from the organizers a few days following the annual Jewish Community Centre (JCC) Sports Dinner. Someone in the teeming Hyatt Regency Hotel ballroom...

Businesses’ plea for tax relief gets the silent treatment in B.C. budget

In most any other year, the revelation that there will be years of provincial deficits ahead would be part of the path of a government certain to fall. In the pandemic years, though, public opinion...