pointed at the persistent problem of affordability in the Metro Vancouver market.
Garnering over 700 online participants, the event was organized by NDP MLA David Eby, who called on the government to take more decisive action.
“These are serious issues, this is a major crisis, and we want the provincial government to take it seriously,” Eby said, adding that “unpoliced, unregulated and rampant” speculation is making the enactment of controlling guidelines far more difficult.
John Horgan, party leader and co-host of the town hall, said that the BC NDP will be presenting bills that would address the issue of “shadow flipping”, which has been cited as a main driver for the continuous price increases in the Vancouver housing sector.
Another bill currently being championed by the NDP is the implementation of record-keeping for real estate buyers in the province.
“So that we can ensure that if they're buying homes from offshore, they're paying a higher level tax than those people who are living here today,” Horgan said.
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A March 17 live town hall hosted by the New Democratic Party of British Columbia (BC NDP) in conjunction with