NDP mislead public again on another housing re-announcement

NELSON (October 17, 2019) – MLA Todd Stone, the BC Liberal Housing Critic, is calling on John Horgan to start taking real action after the NDP government once again re-announced a housing project dating back to the previous BC Liberal government, this latest one in Nelson.

“It’s beyond the pale what John Horgan and the NDP will say to pretend they are making life more affordable. The fact that the NDP continue to take credit for BC Liberal projects shows just how little progress they’ve actually made on the housing file,” said Stone, MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson. “The NDP promised to build 114,000 new units of housing and now, halfway through their mandate, they have opened just 2,400. At this rate, it will take over 100 years to meet their promise.”

At last month’s Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conference, John Horgan and NDP Housing Minister Selina Robinson falsely claimed that their government had created over 22,000 new affordable housing units. FOI documents reveal that claim is 19,600 more than the mere 2,400 units the NDP have actually created.

“John Horgan and the NDP have been in power for over two years and they are still re-announcing and taking credit for projects set in motion by the previous BC Liberal government years ago,” added Stone. “With so few new rental units opened under this government to date, nobody believes the NDP will ever deliver on their promise of 114,000 new homes. British Columbians deserve better.”

The Nelson CARES project re-announced by the NDP this week was originally announced by the former BC Liberal government in November of 2016 as part of the Investments in Housing Innovation program. Other BC Liberal housing projects re-announced by the NDP include the South Skaha Housing Society project in Okanagan Falls, the Seniors’ Support Society project in Peachland, the Catalyst Community Development in Port Moody, the Aboriginal Housing Society project in Prince George, the M’akola project in Courtenay, and the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Community Services project.

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Original Nelson CARES Announcement: https://www.bchousing.org/news?newsId=1479147951266

Original Okanagan Falls Announcement: https://archive.news.gov.bc.ca/releases/news_releases_2013-2017/2016MNGD0073-002368.htm

Original Peachland Announcement: https://archive.news.gov.bc.ca/releases/news_releases_2013-2017/2015MNGD0072-001869.htm

Original Port Moody Announcement: https://archive.news.gov.bc.ca/releases/news_releases_2013-2017/2017mngd0035-000464.htm

Original Prince George Announcement: https://archive.news.gov.bc.ca/releases/news_releases_2013-2017/2016MNGD0090-002517.htm

Original Courtenay Announcement: https://archive.news.gov.bc.ca/releases/news_releases_2013-2017/2016MNGD0091-002533.htm

Original Maple Ridge Announcement: https://tinyurl.com/y4hrclrp

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