Release of NPA platform shows that LaPointe, NPA not worth the risk


“After months of dodging, the NPA finally releases a platform on the first day of voting, and voters now have a clear look at the backwards priorities of Kirk LaPointe,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “With Vision, we have been clear about our top priorities from day one because we care about the same things the people of Vancouver care about. If Kirk LaPointe really cared about our city, he would put forward a platform that helps our most vulnerable residents.

“Kirk LaPointe does not live, work or pay taxes in Vancouver, but his priorities will hurt the people who do,” added the Mayor. “The NPA platform does not include anything on homelessness, has zero commitments on affordable housing or child care, and still no plan on better transit – which puts the Broadway Subway at risk.


LaPointe’s promises require budget cuts, but he won’t be impacted

With the NPA set to finally release a platform this morning, voters should be asking what programs Kirk LaPointe will cut to pay for his promises – cuts that won’t impact him as he does not live, work or pay taxes in Vancouver.

Almost four months since he started campaigning, and after advance voting has already started, the NPA’s Kirk LaPointe has still not answered the following questions:

  • Why did he wait until after voting started to release a full platform?
  • What services will he cut to pay for his “counterflow” lanes?
  • What services will he cut to pay for other uncosted promises, including free wi-fi, a breakfast program, and new pools?
  • Will he cut $800,000 in funding for Chinatown revitalization programs – funding the NPA opposed this term - as part of paying for his promises?
  • Does his commitment to an “affordable subway” mean support for cut-and-cover construction along Broadway?

An analysis of NPA spending commitments shows that Kirk LaPointe’s promises add a total of $146 million in new spending. With 11 days to the election, voters should be asking what city programs Kirk LaPointe will cut to pay for them – cuts that won’t impact him as he does not live, work or pay taxes in Vancouver.

Read the full analysis of the NPA's budget promises. [PDF]


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


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.”


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


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:

“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.”


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.”


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!”


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.”


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.


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.


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


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.”