NDP housing critic David Eby is condemning the reappointment of two members of the Real Estate Council of BC.
He says he’s astounded by Premier Christy Clark’s announcement, given ongoing issues with the industry.
“Reappointing the same people to the failed board sends a very strong message that the Premier is happy with way things are going or at least doesn’t see a point in intervening which is remarkable to me.”
He is demanding the appointment of three new independent experts.
“This is a board that has overseen probably the biggest public relations scandal for realtors in the history of the province, and here they are getting a pat on the back and reappointed to the same board.”
“I think at a minimum the Premier needs to rescind these orders and appoint new people to the board that are independent experts.”
B.C. selects three of the 16 members of the Real Estate Council.
Eby says even though it’s a limited influence, that’s no excuse to reappoint the same people.
The regulatory work of the Council has come under increasing scrutiny in the wake of shadow flipping revelations and accusations of unseemly practices at some real estate firms in Metro Vancouver.
An independent probe chaired by the province’s Superintendent of Real Estate said last month that it was looking at recommending changes to the province’s real estate regulation regime.
Those changes could include slashing the number of industry appointees to the board and boosting the number of public appointees. The final report from the panel was originally slated for the end of May, but is now due mid-month.
CKNW newsroom has reach out to Premier Christy Clark for comment.