Horgan’s flagship affordable housing election promise in crisis: B.C. Liberals

B.C. Liberals on Thursday called on Premier John Horgan and Housing Minister Selina Robinson to come clean with British Columbians who trusted them to build affordable housing after recently obtained government documents show that Horgan’s promise to build the housing they need and deserve was about nothing more than photo ops.

“John Horgan has let down the very people he made the biggest promise to in the last election. To mislead British Columbians, especially the most vulnerable people in our communities who need safe housing, is simply reprehensible,” said BC Liberal Housing Critic and MLA for Kamloops-South Todd Stone. “After promising to build 114,000 homes over 10 years, we are now two and a half years into that plan and just over 2,200 units have been completed. At this rate, it would take Horgan’s NDP government over 100 years to meet their target.”

BC Housing’s 2019/2020 Affordable Housing Investment Plan Report, First Quarterly Update shows how this NDP government’s housing plan is a complete failure, according to B.C. Liberals. Of the 22,000 units government continue to argue are “underway,” their own report, which they have kept from the public shows over half of those units don’t even have committed funds.

“Housing Minister Selina Robinson has spent an awful lot of energy doing photo ops and re-announcing BC Liberal projects. What she seems to spend little time on is actually getting projects funded and shovels in the ground,” said Stone. “British Columbians deserve so much better from John Horgan and the NDP.