Okanagan Politician – Keremeos Review

Remarks by a provincial politician blaming municipalities for the lack of affordable housing have led Lake Country council to insist otherwise.

BC Attorney General and Minister responsible for housing David Eby said there is an urgent need for more rental housing in all areas of the province. He said he had “little time” to argue against the development of new rental projects and that the housing crisis required rapid action at the municipal level.

“Everything was wholeheartedly approved by the board and met with no hurdles,” the councilor said. said Blair Ireland. “Everything we came up with for us required the help of senior governments to complete these projects and senior governments let us down.

Ireland and Lake Country Council send a letter to Eby requesting a meeting to discuss recent comments.

“The new housing minister has been critical of local governments and their endorsement of upcoming projects, especially for housing, especially for affordable housing,” Ireland said.

But he points to recent news from New Brunswick that developers are renovating people and using Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation financing.

“Yet they wouldn’t approve of a building in our community that created affordable housing, creating submarket housing for people at risk, women in particular,” Ireland said.

Mayor James Baker said efforts to build affordable housing will not stop at Eby’s comments.

“We tried and we will continue to try,” Baker said.

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