VANCOUVER (September 16, 2021) – With the affordability crisis top of mind for municipal leaders and countless British Columbians, the BC Liberal Caucus hosted a roundtable yesterday during the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention discussing the need for governments to work together to create affordable, livable, and healthy communities across British Columbia.
“One of the top issues facing British Columbians is an affordability crisis that has seen housing costs and rents increase every single year since the NDP took power in 2017. With the cost of living higher than ever and 53 per cent of British Columbians $200 or less away from insolvency, people are looking for real solutions from government,” said Shirley Bond, Interim Leader of the Official Opposition. “Everyone wants to see our communities thriving again and becoming places that are affordable, have transportation options that meet the needs of every resident, sufficient childcare options, and more important than ever, the health services needed to keep us safe.”
The high cost of living and skyrocketing rents and housing prices were important concerns shared by municipal leaders and the BC Liberal Caucus during the roundtable discussion.
“Conversations like those at this roundtable are an important start to identifying solutions that must be considered at both the local and provincial level. As British Columbians are looking for hope on the post-COVID horizon, we as elected officials have an obligation to address these pressing issues,” added Bond. “However, real action from the NDP and strong partnerships with local governments will be needed to create the truly affordable, livable, and healthy communities British Columbians deserve.”
The roundtable on Affordable, Livable, and Healthy Communities was hosted by Dan Ashton, MLA for Penticton, Ben Stewart, MLA for Kelowna West, Renee Merrifield, MLA for Kelowna-Mission, Michael Lee, MLA for Vancouver Langara and Karin Kirkpatrick, MLA for West Vancouver-Capilano. In addition to Tuesday’s roundtable on Safe, Inclusive Communities, the BC Liberal Caucus will be hosting one more discussion this week on Growing the Economy in a Post-Pandemic World.