NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe takes voters' questions on Reddit

NPA Mayoral candiate Kirk LaPointe

NPA Mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe responded to voters' queries at an "ask me anything" event on Reddit today. 

LaPointe fielded questions on everything from safe injection sites and drug policy to affordable housing policy. Responding to questions about public transit near the UBC area, he said he would promise "more buses on more routes to deal with the crunch of the morning rush during the school year" and promised short-term solutions while waiting for a SkyTrain extension. 

In response to a question about what he planned to do about housing prices in Vancouver, LaPointe answered that there would need to be evidence and data before deciding on a strategy. 

"I've heard a lot of concern about non-occupancy as an issue, and I'd like to get the evidence on its extent," he wrote. "Right now we only have anecdotes, not data. Once we have the facts, we can see if we should proceed with measures. But we'll need a lot of advice on enforceable options, because many of the ideas circulating now will be successfully challenged legally. City's in the courts enough as it is."

When one Reddit user accused him of evading the question, LaPointe responded that he sympathized, having worked for decades in the media, but that more hard evidence was needed before taking action. 

Read the full answers here

Other Reddit "ask me anything" events include: 

Meena WongCOPE - Monday Oct. 20 - 1:15 p.m.

Gregor RobertsonVision Vancouver - Thursday, Oct. 23 - 1:30 p.m.

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