NPA offers more tricks than treats

Vancouver – As Halloween draws near in Vancouver, Vision Vancouver is getting into the spirit of the occasion by highlighting the spooky risks of letting the NPA take Vancouver backward in this election.

“Kirk LaPointe’s refusal to release a fully-costed platform is leaving Vancouver spooked, and we can’t risk the spectre of letting the NPA drag Vancouver backward,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The NPA’s confusion on transit would make the Broadway Subway a ghost train, and they seem to have incredibly spooky plans to cut crucial City services. Vancouver has been haunted by the NPA before, but only Vision Vancouver has a positive plan to keep moving Vancouver forward – and to keep zombie attacks steadily on the decline!”

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Chinatown revitalization, housing at risk with NPA budget cuts

Vision Vancouver Councillors Kerry Jang and Tony Tang are outlining the risk voters face with the NPA and Kirk LaPointe, whose budget priorities and voting record put city efforts to revitalize Chinatown at risk.

“Four days until voting begins, and the NPA’s Kirk LaPointe is still hiding his platform – which is a big risk for voters,” said Jang. “He’s made a number of reckless spending promises – on counterflow lanes, on pools – all of which will require money to come out of existing programs that our residents rely on.

“You only have to look at the NPA’s voting record to know where they will cut. They’ve opposed Vision’s efforts to invest in Chinatown, whether it is restoring heritage buildings, supporting local businesses or adding new housing for seniors.”

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5 days to polls open, 5 Questions for LaPointe

With just five days until Vancouver voters can start voting in the 2014 election, the NPA's Kirk LaPointe still refuses to release a platform or budget -- leaving five big questions he has yet to answer.

"Kirk LaPointe won't release a platform, and with just days until voters start casting ballots, Vancouverites should be asking: what is the NPA's Kirk LaPointe trying to hide?" said Vision Councillor Heather Deal. "His only commitments have been cuts: cancelling the City's rental housing programs, wiping out affordable housing targets in neighbourhood plans, and ending the Greenest City Plan. When Kirk LaPointe tries to talk about issues - like the Broadway Subway - he gets the basic facts wrong, like not knowing where it starts from.

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One week to voting, NPA’s Kirk LaPointe delays platform - again

VANCOUVER – As Vision Vancouver released a detailed, fully costed platform today, the NPA’s Kirk LaPointe has once again delayed releasing any platform – just days before Vancouverites can vote in advance polls.

“Kirk LaPointe hasn’t done his homework on the big issues, and now he’s cramming before the final exam,” said Vision Councillor Heather Deal, who joined Mayor Robertson this morning for the release of Vision’s fully costed platform, containing 83 commitments spanning affordable housing, transportation, and the economy.

Kirk LaPointe told CKNW today that his platform will now be out within a week. This follows several months of missed deadlines set by LaPointe himself.

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Mayor: LaPointe’s empty promises puts Vancouver’s livability, prosperity at risk

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Mayor Gregor Robertson was joined by members of the Vision Vancouver team this morning to release the complete and fully costed Vision 2014 platform.

“I’m proud of the progress we’ve made as a city, and I’m excited about what we can achieve in the next four years,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “But with each day that goes by, and each empty promise Kirk LaPointe and the NPA make, it’s clear that their election would put Vancouver’s livability and prosperity at risk.”

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Vision Vancouver highlights positive plan and risks of going backward with NPA's Kirk LaPointe

Today Mayor Gregor Robertson and the Vision Vancouver team continued to highlight their positive plan for Vancouver and the risks of letting the NPA’s Kirk LaPointe drag our city backward, and released a series of new ads outlining the choice facing voters in this election.

“Vision Vancouver has the experience and strong leadership needed to keep moving Vancouver forward to build new affordable housing, build a new Broadway Subway, and continue creating new jobs in a fast-growing economy,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The NPA’s Kirk LaPointe has kept his platform a secret, taken crucial transit issues off the rails, and walked away from tough questions. That’s the choice facing voters in this election, and it highlights the risks of the letting the NPA take Vancouver backward.”

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18 days to election, more questions than answers from NPA’s LaPointe

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A blog post posted at midnight by the NPA’s Kirk LaPointe claiming he’s offered “25 policies” highlights the inexperience of a mayoral candidate who does not have a plan on the big issues, and raises more questions.

“With 18 days to go, all we’ve seen from the NPA’s Kirk LaPointe is vague, conflicting proposals, and complete silence on issues like the environment or affordability,” said Vision Councillor Heather Deal. “Combined with his lack of understanding of basic issues like where the Broadway Subway would start from, voters need to know about the risk of the NPA and Kirk LaPointe.”

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Public funding, not Chevron dollars, key to protecting our schools: Bacchus

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Mayor Gregor Robertson joined School Board Chair Patti Bacchus and members of the Vision Vancouver school board team this morning to release their school board platform, and highlight what’s at stake for public schools on November 15.

"Last week Kirk LaPointe and the NPA put out a disturbing vision for our public schools that included a promise to accept Chevron’s offer to fund and influence classroom programs in our schools,” said Bacchus. “That’s the wrong direction for education. Our school board platform puts kids first. We want to continue our work, supporting stronger schools, standing up for public education and making our school district an environmental leader."

Vision Vancouver’s platform for schools includes continued advocacy with the province to fund needed infrastructure, a commitment to building new child care spaces, as well as more money for feeding kids and school diversity programs.

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Mayor highlights risk of NPA's Kirk Lapointe in debate, calling the NPA a "train wreck on transit leadership."

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Mayor Gregor Robertson challenged the NPA's Kirk LaPointe on his series of mistakes on crucial transit issues at today's mayoral debate at Christ Church Cathedral, highlighting the risk of letting the NPA take Vancouver backward in this election.

"Mr. LaPointe didn't even know where the Broadway Subway starts. He walked away from media questions about it, and clearly hasn't even read the plan supported by 22 Metro Vancouver mayors," says Mayor Gregor Robertson. "When it comes to a pivotal transit referendum just months away, Vancouver can't risk any more rookie mistakes from Kirk LaPointe and the NPA. On the Broadway Subway, Kirk LaPointe's lack of leadership is off the rails."

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With 20 days to go, NPA's LaPointe can't avoid questions

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With less than three weeks to Election Day, the NPA's Kirk LaPointe continues to evade basic questions about his position on key issues in Vancouver -- highlighting the risk presented by the NPA in this election.

In contrast to past NPA campaigns that released detailed, costed platforms with clear policies, the NPA's Kirk LaPointe has refused to put forward a platform. Instead, voters are left to guess what an inexperienced candidate would do on issues like affordable housing, the environment, or the economy.

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