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.”

Media reports have highlighted countless times that the NPA’s Mr. LaPointe has dodged offering specific policy commitments in favour of saying he would first start a study. Here are just a few examples:

  • ON HOUSING: “The NPA's Kirk LaPointe says he will launch a study to find out more and then decide what to do about it later.” - Kirk Williams, “Talk trumps solutions in Vancouver,” CBC News, October 20, 2014
  • ON COUNTERFLOW LANES: “An NPA government, he said, would launch a study… He wouldn’t speculate on the location of those routes.” - Mike Howell, Vancouver Courier, October 21, 2014
  • ON PROTECTED BIKE LANES: “A review of the Point Grey Road bikeway.” - Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun, July 15, 2014
  • ON VISION’S AFFORDABILITY PLAN: “I want to be able to study them a little more carefully before being able to fully comment." – Kirk LaPointe, Media Availability, October 10, 2014

And don’t just take it from us – Here’s what Bruce Allen had to say:

  • “If Kirk LaPointe wants to win this election, he needs to eliminate three words from his vocabulary: study, and task force.”
  • “I don’t want to hear about another task force to deal with the homeless problem, or a study on the impact of bike lanes, or a task force to look into density issues, or the viability of a Broadway Subway line.”
  • “Listen to me Kirk LaPointe. Don’t let me hear about studies, task forces, or even committees. Tell me what you’re going to do and get it done. Not what you’re going to look into.”

Source: Reality Check, CKNW, October 16, 2014
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