Protection for renters at risk with NPA, says Mayor Gregor Robertson



The NPA and Kirk LaPointe’s lack of support for renters is a big risk for Vancouver, says Mayor Gregor Robertson, who was in the West End today sounding the alarm about what an NPA City Hall would mean for renters.

“The NPA and Kirk LaPointe’s lack of support for renters should be a big concern for voters worried about affordable housing,” said Robertson. “This is a party that opposed the Rent Bank, which has been an important tool in preventing homelessness and helping vulnerable renters, especially seniors. Kirk LaPointe’s platform has zero commitments for renters or rental housing."


Kirk LaPointe’s donor disclosure fails his own transparency test


The release by the NPA and Kirk LaPointe of their campaign donors fails LaPointe’s own transparency test – highlighting the risk of another broken promise in the final days of the election campaign from a candidate who does not live, work, or pay taxes in Vancouver.

Yesterday, former NPA President Michael Davis said "The NPA has moved further and further to the right, a monochromatic party of angry people afraid of losing what they have." The NPA's heavy reliance on a single donor and refusal to release full details of their disclosure reinforces this right-wing shift.

“I have said transparency is my policy hill to die on," Kirk LaPointe said on October 30. Today Mr. LaPointe and the NPA failed the transparency test by failing to release a complete disclosure, in stark contrast to Vision Vancouver.

Kirk LaPointe did not reveal the names of donors contributing less than $100. Vision Vancouver provided this information.

Kirk LaPointe did not reveal donations by corporation, union, or individual. Vision Vancouver provided this information.

Peter Armstrong, the President of Rocky Mountaineer and President of the NPA, donated more than $400,000 to the NPA – making it the second largest donation in Canadian political history, after the $960,000 donation to the NPA from developer Rob Macdonald in 2011. Armstrong is responsible for 20% of all donations to the NPA in this election.


Progressive Vancouver leaders endorse Mayor Robertson, Vision Vancouver



Building on the endorsement of 3-term COPE Councillor David Cadman and former NPA President Michael Davis, seven progressive leaders in Vancouver's housing, arts, environmental, and social justice communities are endorsing Gregor Robertson and Vision Vancouver today, supporting Vision's priorities and warning about the risk of the NPA and Kirk LaPointe in the November 15 election.

Endorsing Gregor and Vision are:

  • David Eby, MLA
  • Ken Lyotier, founder of United We Can
  • Christine Martin, Executive Director, Aboriginal Transformative Justice
  • Heather Redfern, Arts Advocate
  • Vanessa Richards, Arts Professional
  • Susan Tatoosh, Executive Director, Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre
  • Ben West, former Chair of the Vancouver Green Party

"We stand with Gregor because he is committed to a compassionate, inclusive and green Vancouver," they say.

"He supports the Broadway Subway, the Greenest City Action Plan, expanded child care, more rental housing, and increased supports for those with mental and addiction issues.

"All of this is at risk if Kirk LaPointe and the NPA are elected November 15. Only Gregor and Vision Vancouver can stop the NPA."


Vision Vancouver releases comprehensive pre-election list of campaign contributors

In contrast to the NPA’s votes against campaign finance reform, Vision Vancouver released a comprehensive list of its campaign contributors today. The release highlights support from more than 8,500 contributions from over 4,300 different individuals, representing the broadest base of support in Vancouver's history.

“I’m proud of the support Vision Vancouver enjoys support from an unprecedented array of Vancouver residents from all backgrounds, reflecting the full diversity of the city we love,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Today’s release is another important way we’re demonstrating our commitment to a positive, transparent, and open campaign, and shows the strong momentum we’re building to keep Vancouver moving forward.”

Today’s voluntary pre-campaign disclosure builds on nearly a decade of Vision Vancouver advocacy for campaign finance reform in British Columbia.

In contrast, the NPA voted to block campaign finance reform and received the largest donation in the history of Canadian politics in the last election.

For the full Vision Vancouver list of campaign contributors, please click here:


Former NPA President Michael Davis Endorses Gregor Robertson and the Vision Vancouver Team



Former NPA President Michael Davis has endorsed Gregor Robertson and Vision Vancouver for the upcoming November 15 municipal election.

“The NPA has moved further and further to the right, a monochromatic party of angry people afraid of losing what they have,” said Davis, in an open letter to Vancouver residents. “It’s not so much that I left the NPA, as the NPA left me.”

Mayor Gregor Robertson welcomed the endorsement, commenting, “we are thrilled to have the support of Michael Davis and encourage other former NPA voters to take a look at our agenda and consider casting a vote for the progressive centre. It has become clear that the once progressive NPA has been co-opted by hard right-wing elements, and no longer represents the values of Vancouver residents.”


Risk of NPA, Kirk LaPointe highlighted in new ad

With ten days to the election, Vision Vancouver is releasing a new television ad today that highlights the risk of Kirk LaPointe and the NPA on affordable housing and transit.

“Kirk LaPointe does not live, work or pay taxes in Vancouver, but his policies will hurt the people who do,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Voters need to be aware of what is at stake in this election. The NPA has no plan on the Broadway Subway, and has voted against affordable housing and homelessness programs 25 times in three years.”

The ad can be viewed here.


NPA’s LaPointe still can’t explain $146m budget hole in platform



One day after the release of the NPA platform, Kirk LaPointe still hasn’t explained what services he’ll need to cut to pay for the $146 million hole his promises put in the City budget. These service cuts won’t affect him as he does not work, live, or pay taxes in Vancouver.

The risk of the NPA’s $146 million budget hole is highlighted with Kirk LaPointe’s refusal to answer basic questions about his policies on affordable housing and homelessness. A video of Kirk LaPointe walking away from a question on housing at his own press conference has been viewed more than 4,000 times on Facebook in 24 hours.

With the NPA’s platform released just 11 days before election day, voters still deserve answers on key questions:

  • What public services will Kirk LaPointe cut to pay for $146 million in NPA promises?
  • Why has Kirk LaPointe walked away from questions on both transit and affordable housing?
  • Why does the NPA platform make no mention of homelessness?
  • Why was Kirk LaPointe unable to provide any sources to back up his proposed budget?

Former COPE Councillor David Cadman endorses Mayor Robertson, Vision

Three-term COPE Councillor and former COPE Mayoral candidate David Cadman is endorsing Mayor Robertson and Vision in this election, and is highlighting the risk of Kirk LaPointe and the NPA to Vancouver’s housing, environmental, and social programs.

"I'm supporting Gregor because he has the right priorities on transit, on housing, and on the environment," said Cadman. "It's disturbing to see the backwards policies coming from Kirk LaPointe and the NPA. For the NPA to have a platform that says nothing on homelessness, nothing on child care, nothing on harm reduction - that is a big risk that voters need to be aware of.

“As a former COPE Councillor, I worked closely with Mayor Robertson and Vision Councillors on developing the Greenest City Action Plan, and the City’s Affordable Housing and Homelessness Plan. Kirk LaPointe and the NPA’s platform would wipe those out. Progressive voters need to stick together and make sure our city keeps moving forward.”


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]