NPA releases 60-point campaign platform, promising less expensive government
"We’re going to spend responsibly on the right initiative to ensure the city’s finances return to a healthy position by building a stronger economy," NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe said at a news conference today announcing his party's platform, which was released earlier today.
He hit back at Vision councillor Raymond Louie's presentation yesterday, which said NPA's campaign promises would add up to $146 million in practice, based in part on historical figures. LaPointe said according to his party's estimates, his 60-point platform would cost $50 million in capital and one-time costs, and $18 million in operating costs.
LaPointe criticized the City for spending "$250 million in its six years", and said the NPA would implement a comprehensive action plan within 180 days if elected to put the city on the right track.
LaPointe emphasized that if elected mayor, he would make the city government less expensive and more transparent to the public. He promised to freeze property taxes and provide free parking on Sundays and statutory holidays outside the downtown core.
Some reporters asked why the public should trust the NPA's numbers, and questioned which accounting company the party hired to come up with the costs.
LaPointe said the NPA team -- rather that an accounting firm -- worked on the numbers together, and assured that it's "realistic" and "will stand scrutiny".
Vision immediately responded to the NPA platform, releasing a video of LaPointe avoiding a reporter's questions affordable housing, and pointed to the NPA candidate's residence and job being outside of the city's boundaries.
COPE mayoral candidate Meena Wong blasted both Vision and NPA's platforms as "embarrassing", and said COPE was the only party completely focused on ending the housing crisis through methods like taxing vacant properties.