From the very bottom of Joanne-Lee Young and Rob Shaw's recent Vancouver Sun piece on the 'critics' response to the Wizards of Clarklandia's "pretend-to-do-something-but-not-really-anything-actually" release of 'foreign' buyers of Lotuslandian dirt and sky in June:
...The Liberal government’s abrupt release of data marked yet another shift in its position on a hot topic file that’s expected to play a prominent role in the May 2017 provincial election.
Just a few months ago, de Jong has said he’d need between six months and a year to analyze the foreign buyer data before drawing conclusions, but Thursday he admitted the public wasn’t willing to wait that long before seeing the data.
It also marked a continued softening of government’s long-held reluctance to intervene in the housing market amid intense public pressure.
The Liberals had at one point all but ruled out a tax on foreign purchases in the real estate market, arguing the government has long encouraged foreign investment in the provincial economy.
Now, de Jong is willing to analyze the impact of a foreign buyer’s tax and whether it would simply generate money for the government or actually reduce foreign housing purchases.
Premier Christy Clark has said all options are on the table, and last week revoked the real estate industry’s ability to police itself amid concerns of unethical practices among some realtors.
The government is also now seriously entertaining Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s proposal for a vacant home tax, which last year the premier appeared to dismiss with a counter-argument that cities should reduce red tape and speed up approvals for new housing developments.
What, exactly, is the point that Ms. Young and Mr. Shaw are trying to make by telling us all these things/options on the table that the Wizards of Clarklandia are now suddenly 'willing to analyze' and 'seriously entertain'?
I'll save my take for all this for the comments.
Hey...If you haven't been over to Laila's today yet, head on over and read her great piece on the very real human toll of this disgraceful bus pass clawback from our fellow citizens that need (and deserve) our help most.