One day after the release of Mayor Robertson and Vision Vancouver's economic platform, new comments from the NPA highlight their business inexperience and lack of understanding of the city's economy.

Vision Vancouver's economic agenda focuses on controlling spending and keeping taxes low, enabling start-ups and entrepreneurs to succeed, and support for local small businesses. The NPA's Mr. LaPointe made a number of comments in response, showing his lack of understanding of the City's budget and economy.

NPA claim: "Vision has added in the Olympic Village debt to make it look as though city debt is falling, says LaPointe."

NPA news release, October 19, 2014

Fact: Under Vision's leadership, the City's net debt has declined $191 million since 2009. This figure comes from the 2014 City budget document -- before Vision ensured the entire Olympic Village debt was paid off in April.


NPA claim: "He says Vision’s proposal to have the Vancouver Economic Commission involved in venture-capital funding is misguided."

NPA news release, October 19, 2014

Fact: The new Vancouver Entrepreneur Fund involves a third-party manager to raise private sector funds - not tax dollars - to address the lack of financing for local start-ups. This was a need identified through a series of roundtables held by the VEC with local start-ups.


NPA claim: “Robertson is turning his back on major sectors of the economy, including those that have historically generated jobs and prosperity for the city."

NPA news release, October 19, 2014

Fact: Under Mayor Robertson and Vision, there are seven new office towers under construction downtown, providing more than 2 million square feet of new office space. These are the first new office towers built in 18 years, and will provide job space for a range of economic sectors.


NPA claim: on Kinder Morgan, "As mayor, I would be clear about our city's strong concerns."

Kirk LaPointe blog thevancouveriwant.ca, October 19, 2014

Fact: The NPA voted against opposing an increase in oil tanker traffic, and the NPA's LaPointe has ridiculed the Mayor's efforts to speak out against 340 more oil tankers a year, which threatens Vancouver's $3 billion tourism industry, and employs close to 30,000 people.


"In a recent campaign announcement, LaPointe called for LNG jobs to be based in Vancouver and said his party supports Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion plan." - Business in Vancouver, October 20, 2014

With less than four weeks to the election, the NPA and Mr LaPointe have refused to release a costed platform.