Real estate marketer Bob Rennie is clarifying comments he made to the Globe and Mail about “knowing” about a foreign buyer tax before it was announced to the public.
Questions and criticisms are rolling in from the likes of BC NDP housing critic David Eby and others.
“This information is highly valuable to someone in Mr. Rennie’s position,” says Eby.
“The government had been at pains to say how careful they were about not releasing this information in advance so that nobody would take unfair advantage of having insider knowledge. So, I have to ask the question – did Mr. Rennie get this information because he’s a major BC Liberal donor and chair of the premier’s fundraising committee?”
But in a statement released on Twitter, Rennie says he had no prior warning of the tax.
And speaking to the Globe ane Mail, Rennie says while he may have known about the tax, it’s not because of an insider tip.
The Condo King was originally quoted as saying he knew three weeks ago.
Rennie says he doesn’t talk real estate with politicians, but he’s willing to resign his role as BC Liberals fundraising chair if the party is concerned.
For its part, the Premier’s office is also categorically denying Rennie or anyone else was given advanced warning, which could have allowed them to unfairly profit.