VICTORIA (May 4, 2021) – Despite promises, Housing Minister David Eby has failed to meet his own deadline of clearing the tents from Beacon Hill Park for a second time.
“Minister Eby first promised to have campers out of Beacon Hill park and into housing by the end of March. When he couldn’t make that goal, he said he didn’t ‘get lucky’ when it came to finding enough spaces for park residents and that he would clear the tent encampments by the end of April,” said Ben Stewart, BC Liberal Housing Critic. “Now, after twice breaking his promise, he is telling us to trust that everyone will be housed by mid-May, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that we cannot trust David Eby’s goals and deadlines.”
Many of the housing spaces being offered to Beacon Hill Park residents are the result of BC Housing’s hotel acquisitions. In Victoria alone, BC Housing has paid $36.2 million over assessed value for four properties acquired during the pandemic. If BC Housing overspent by this amount in just one city, one wonders what’s happening elsewhere in the province.