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.
“Kirk LaPointe can’t keep his own promises, which shows the risk and inexperience of the NPA in this election,” added Deal. “Voters still have no platform or budget from the NPA, and should be asking what it is he is hiding.”
Timeline of Kirk LaPointe's commitments on a platform:
“So to that end we're going to outline progressive policy in the weeks ahead.” Kirk LaPointe campaign launch, July 14, 2014
“The NPA will release the rest of its platform after Labour Day when more people are paying attention to politics.” Metro News Vancouver, August 14, 2014
“We will roll out policy in short order.” Kirk LaPointe, thevancouveriwant.ca, August 29, 2014
“You will get a far clearer picture of our ideas for change in the next two weeks.” Kirk LaPointe, thevancouveriwant.ca, August 30, 2014
"We have to present our ideas in a structured way that people really get a chance to debate them. That's the better way to reveal policy than a big book where people go through it and cherry pick what they want to attack.” Kirk LaPointe, The Globe and Mail, September 23, 2014
“Vancouver mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe says his Non-Partisan Association is ruling out the full release of a party platform, suggesting political rivals would use it as a target.” Ian Bailey, The Globe and Mail, September 23, 2014
“The NPA has yet to roll out its platform or give specifics on what a breakfast program or programs devoted to children would look like.” Vancouver Courier, September 24, 2014
“My guess is that we’ll be releasing the major parts of our platform probably until…maybe the third week of October, I would think, because we have a lot still to go in terms of discussing some large issues.” Kirk LaPointe, Metro News Vancouver livestream chat, October 8, 2014
“Rather than offering specific promises, LaPointe said he is laying down principles.” Vancouver Sun, October 9, 2014
“I don’t believe in a big blast of policies at once. I believe we need to discuss them properly and patiently, even in a campaign.” Kirk LaPointe, thevancouveriwant.ca, October 27, 2014
“In response to @VisionVancouver criticism of @kirklapointe for not releasing fully costed platform yet, he says you'll see it within a week.” CKNW, @ShelbyThom980, October 29, 2014