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NDP out of excuses on poor housing record, forced to rely on private sector

DAWSON CREEK (June 17, 2022) – While a new Angus Reid poll shows 87 per cent of British Columbians disapprove of the BC NDP’s performance on housing affordability, Housing Minister David Eby only recently admitted there needs to be greater focus on supply to fill significant gaps in his failing housing plan.

“The NDP came to power in 2017 promising to build 114,000 units of new housing, but after five years they have only completed a disastrous six per cent of their goal. As a result of this failure, Housing Minister Eby has admitted he has now turned to the very private sector developers the NDP villainized for years, relying on them to build the housing he is failing to deliver,” said Mike Bernier, BC Liberal Critic for Housing. “This is an indictment of the NDP’s inability to get anything built due to their incompetence. The NDP’s results on housing affordability are terrible.”

The NDP’s flagship Building BC housing program has only opened 7,219 units of housing, according to Minister Eby in 2022 Budget Estimates; just six per cent of their 114,000 promised homes. Meanwhile, a National Bank report says the NDP has presided over the single worst decline in housing affordability in a generation, meaning it now takes 38 years to save for a down payment on a Vancouver home.

“People are tired of the NDP’s failed excuses on housing affordability, and it will only get worse until this NDP government figures out how to get more housing built,” said Bernier. “I’m glad to see the NDP finally realize the private sector is key to helping increase housing supply, but it’s embarrassing they wasted five years figuring out what everyone else knew from day one. It is time for this NDP government to get serious about supply and learn how to deliver the housing they promised British Columbians.”

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