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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NPA plan for funding public schools would turn programs over to corporate interests

The NPA's ideas for public schools are out of touch with the needs of Vancouver families, says Vision Vancouver School Board Chair Patti Bacchus, and shows the inexperience of their Mayoral candidate Mr. LaPointe.

"Their proposal to rely on corporate sponsorship as a way to fund our schools would be a serious step backwards for our kids,” says Bacchus. "The fact that the NPA and Mr. LaPointe believe that oil companies like Chevron should be funding our kids' education shows what is at risk in this election. This is not the direction our public schools should be going."

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FACT CHECK: Something you can do something about? How about some specifics, Mr. LaPointe

The NPA’s Mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe likes to tell voters that he wants "to do something about something he can do something about." So far, however, that something hasn’t included providing any specifics on his policy proposals.

In the past three months, LaPointe has only made 10 announcements to the media on various policy proposals, and so far he has been either unable or unwilling to offer any specifics as to just what his proposals mean, or what they will cost.

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Vision leadership on transit in contrast to NPA confusion

Mayor Gregor Robertson was joined by members of the Vision team today at the VCC-Clark Skytrain station, outlining Vision Vancouver’s commitment to transit and the risk of an inexperienced NPA.

“With Vision, voters get strong, experienced leadership on transit, at a time when we need to move forward on the Broadway Subway and reduce congestion,” said Mayor Robertson. “Our plan on transit is clear and addresses our transportation needs. What we’ve seen from the NPA is confusion, inexperience, and an approach to transit that would take Vancouver backwards.”

The VCC-Clark Millennium Line skytrain station is where a new Broadway Subway will start. On Tuesday, the NPA’s Mr. LaPointe said the subway would extend “from Commercial Drive to UBC.”

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NPA announcement continues confusion on Broadway Subway, shows lack of experience

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The NPA’s latest comments on transit in Vancouver show the risk of electing an out-of-touch NPA that lacks leadership on the key issues.

Today’s NPA announcement on transit continues weeks of conflicting messages from their mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe. This is combined with a vague promise of more studies on traffic and bike routes, showcasing a lack of leadership from the NPA and a refusal to put forward concrete policies.

“The NPA has no credible plan on transit and with a major transit refrendum taking place next spring, electing an inexperienced NPA would be a huge risk to our city,” said Vision Vancouver Councillor Geoff Meggs. “It’s clear from their release today that the NPA has no positive alternative to address the needs for transit in Vancouver. Most concerning is that Mr LaPointe doesn’t even seem to understand where a Broadway Subway would start from.

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