NPA campaign promises add up to $146 million hit to city budget

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Vision Vancouver City Councillor and Chair of the City Finance and Services Committee Raymond Louie today provided a costing for Kirk LaPointe and the NPA’s campaign promises. Louie says not only is it clear that the NPA has the wrong priorities for Vancouver, but that the promises they have made would spell disaster for the city’s finances.

“It’s bad enough that Mr. LaPointe and the NPA have not told people where they stand on most of the issues,” said Louie. “But the financial implications of the reckless promises they have made show that a LaPointe-NPA administration would mean either massive cuts to services in Vancouver, or a massive tax hike.”

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Vision releases new ad highlighting NPA, LaPointe’s commitment to big oil

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With less than two weeks to election day, Vision Vancouver has released another radio ad, alerting voters to Kirk LaPointe and the NPA's commitment to big oil.

The new ad can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/vision-vancouver/radio-ad-november-2-2014

“Voters don’t know a lot about the NPA and Kirk LaPointe’s policies. What is clear is LaPointe’s commitment to Kinder Morgan’s plan for 300 more oil tankers a year in our waters, and to Chevron's marketing to our kids," said Vision School Trustee Patti Bacchus. "That is a major risk to Vancouver and voters need to be aware of what's at stake."

"Kirk LaPointe does not live, work or pay taxes in Vancouver. He won’t commit to Vancouver, but he has no problem committing to big oil. He just doesn’t seem to understand Vancouver.”

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NPA’s Kirk LaPointe hasn’t done his homework

Vancouver – With two weeks until election day and only four days until early voting, the NPA’s Kirk LaPointe has still refused to release a fully-costed platform – continuing to leave voters in the dark.

“It’s clear that the NPA’s Kirk LaPointe hasn’t done his homework – and now he’s cramming before the final exam,” said Vision Councillor Heather Deal. “Instead of offering specific, costed, and concrete commitments, LaPointe has promised only an endless series of studies – highlighting a lack of leadership and experience, and the risks of letting the NPA take Vancouver backwards. Only Vision Vancouver has the strong leadership and experience to keep Vancouver moving forward – including building the Broadway Subway and standing up against 340 more oil tankers in our local waters.”

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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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