The BC liberals offer a target rich environment the NDP could readily attack, based entirely on their dreadful governing record, which would work to move votes into their column and out of the BC liberals in order to win the election.
However, if you listen to the corporate media these days, as well as, Bill Tielman and David Eby, it would seem that BC’s political forces are working to put housing at the centre of the election debate.
It might make sense in the backrooms due to no cohesive policy approach on LNG making it difficult to get ahead of the liberals on that central issue but given the NDP’s orientation and opponent’s branding, (No Development Party etc) they will not sway votes from the development crowd or those dependent on a strong housing market.
As its shaping up,if the BC NDP cannot or will not change the narrative they are facing an uphill battle to form the next government. Don’t take it from me, even Michael Smyth will tell you how hot housing revenues are stuffing public coffers and bailing Christy out while playing to her political favour.
By keeping the focus on housing they are taking the focus off of the rest of the carnage the Liberals have wrought and they are shining the light on the only so-called “good news” economic story under their tutelage.
If housing is the ballot question come the next election whose party would you vote for to protect your housing nest egg? The Government that ushered in the boom and is reluctant to rein it in who also has innumerable industry allies and associates? Or the wannabe government’s policy of taxing more and redistributing that wealth, who also is commonly understood to be despised by developers and their industry?
See this piece, understand just how “house dependent” many people are in Vancouver:
Excerpt: Top-paying jobs aren’t easy to come by in the City of Vancouver, which partly explains its spiralling unaffordability. But there are at least 75,000 tireless workers here who last year made the incredible average rate of C$126 per hour.
Sadly, these workers are not among the city’s human inhabitants.
They are its single-family homes.
In fact, the quiet efforts of these houses (or, more accurately, the dirt on which they sit) were rewarded so handsomely last year that they made their owners about C$25 billion, compared to an estimated C$19 billion in citywide employment earnings.
That’s right: the owners of single-family houses in Vancouver made more by sitting on their assets than everyone in the entire city did by actually going to work.
75,000 single family homes is a roof over the heads of a quarter million or more people and it comes with an in-house ATM.
That is potentially hundreds of thousands of votes in Vancouver City alone.
Does the NDP want those folks thinking about who is best for the real estate industry while casting their ballots or who is the best party to bring real change? Change that won’t threaten their bottom line.
If housing is the ballot issue in May 2017 as many are encouraging the Liberals are likely to remain in power.