We’ve been wanting to do this episode for a few weeks now—however, other more immediate stories needed to be addressed fully.
However, we are getting back on schedule and talking to set the matter straight on the issue of housing in the 905 and Ontario at large.
This summer, it seemed that the Conservative Party of Canada would be taking the lead on the housing issue. Pierre Poilievre surged to take a massive lead in the polls over Justin Trudeau with his addressing the housing crisis and placing that at the centre of his political identity. And then, Trudeau changed the script. At the end of the summer, the federal Liberals announced a policy that affordable housing advocates that we’ve had on this podcast have been advocating for. The elimination of HST on new rental accommodation builds. While this was happening, however, in Ontario the provincial government became embroiled in the largest land speculation scandal in the province’s history. As it sounds now, the Greenbelt scandal is continuing to unfold and shows no end in sight.
Amongst all of this whirlwind in the news, we got wind of some mistruths and rumours that started to circulate. Myths that landlords would be the beneficiaries of the tax cut. We took it upon ourselves to sit down and review everything we’ve learned about the housing crisis so far from our episodes surrounding it and put together this episode to clear the air and set the facts straight. So plug in and have a listen as we set the record straight on the myths and realities of the housing crisis in Ontario.
This Episode is brought to you by Graham Agnew of Dominion Lending
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