MLA Todd Stone, the BC Liberal Housing Critic, is calling on John Horgan and the NDP to start taking real action after the government re-announced yet another project today dating back to the previous BC Liberal government, this latest one in Okanagan Falls.
“John Horgan and the NDP have been in power for over two years and they are still re-announcing projects set in motion by the previous BC Liberal government years ago,” 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, both John Horgan and NDP Housing Minister Selina Robinson falsely claimed that their government had created over 22,000 new affordable housing units. That is 19,600 more than their numbers actually show.
“John Horgan and the NDP came to power on promises of making life more affordable. After two years, we’ve seen little action from this government that effectively combats the affordability crisis except re-announcements of BC Liberal projects,” 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 South Skaha Housing Society project re-announced in Okanagan Falls today was originally announced in November of 2016 under the former BC Liberal government. Other BC Liberal housing projects re-announced by the NDP include 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.