As the government of Premier Christy Clark introduces measures in the Provincial budget to deal with a housing affordability crisis in Metro Vancouver, a Liberal MLA says he can’t afford to live in Vancouver and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Speaking during a debate on affordable housing in the Legislature, Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness says “no one has a God-given right to live in a particular place and we have to tailor our expectations to our income.”
He says the NDP is wrong in its demands for more government intervention.
“First, that there’s some kind province-wide housing crisis is simply not true. Second, that everyone should expect to be able to afford to live in the of city of Vancouver is incorrect. And third, that this supposed crisis justifies massive government internvention in the housing market, which it does not”.
He says with a base salary of over $102,000 dollars, he investigated buying a condo in Vancouver, found he couldn’t afford it, so he bought in Abbotsford.
NDP housing critic David Eby says Throness doesn’t understand the impact housing prices are having on the local economy and young people in particular, who are trying to get a start.