VICTORIA (July 23, 2020) – BC Liberal Housing Critic Todd Stone is once again raising serious concerns about John Horgan and the NDP’s housing plan which, after three years has been plagued by repeated failures and little progress.
Despite promises to improve housing affordability and availability, the NDP have continually failed to deliver on this file and the situation has worsened under their watch.
“We have watched over the past three years as the NDP have repeatedly made promises to British Columbians about improving housing affordability, but the numbers show that they have failed to deliver,” said Stone. “The simple truth is that it is no more affordable to rent or buy a house today than it was three years ago. This is exacerbated by the fact that the NDP cannot seem to get anything built — only 2,963 units of affordable housing have actually been completed. At their current pace, it will take the government more than 100 years to fulfil their promise to build 114,000 units of housing.”
According to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver the price for a benchmark home in the Lower Mainland has gone up 10% over the last three years and the average renter is paying on average $2,148 more a year under the NDP. This is in addition to Housing Minister Selina Robinson’s complete mishandling of supportive housing in B.C.
“When it comes to housing the NDP have failed the people of British Columbia every step of the way. Rents are up, housing starts are down, the average housing price has increased, and supportive housing projects are falling far short of meeting the needs of individuals and communities. We need real action from the government to address housing in our province and instead, we have seen three years of failures and broken promises with no sign of this trend changing any time soon.”