BC Liberals slam government on housing crisis

THE BC Liberals said on Tuesday that as alarming incidents in homeless encampments continue and with no sign of relief in an unaffordable housing market, Premier John Horgan and the NDP continue to dodge responsibility, pass blame, and take little action.

“People are waiting on new action from this government to fix the twin crises of housing and homelessness in our province and we continue to see nothing but excuses from John Horgan and the NDP,” said BC Liberal Housing Critic Ben Stewart. “We have an affordability crisis with no end in sight, the cost of rent continues to rise, speculation tax revenue is being mismanaged, renters have yet to see a dime of the $400 renters’ rebate that was promised four years ago, and our communities have been shocked by tragic incidents tied to encampments in local parks.”

The BC Liberals said that by delaying the start of the spring Legislative session, John Horgan and the NDP have decided that debating legislation and acting on these concerns is not in their best interest, much to the dismay of British Columbians struggling through this pandemic. With renters paying almost $2,400 more per year under the NDP and housing prices nearing all-time highs, February could have seen action taken that could help people’s housing needs immediately.

“Minister Eby said that encampment-related violence was “disturbingly predictable,” so why is the NDP waiting to take action and protect people? It is sad and simply unacceptable that our communities and residents are faced with this hardship,” added Stewart. “Where is the plan to step in and provide true help and wrap-around supports for those experiencing homelessness? Where is the relief for renters? All I see is a government being happily hands-off.”