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Wilkinson calls speculation, school taxes ‘class warfare’

By GORDON HOEKSTRA for Vancouver Sun

B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson’s answer to the Lower Mainland’s affordability crisis: more supply, particularly condos and townhouses.

To encourage more construction — and densification, which is the purview of municipalities — the province could reward municipalities that increase housing and densification, Wilkinson told the Vancouver Sun and Province editorial board on Monday.

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“I think there is a significant role for incentives for developers. The province could come along and say: if one of the 23 municipalities can show leadership, blaze the trail for more affordable housing in a timely manner, they should be rewarded by the province,” said Wilkinson.

The new Liberal leader, who has been at his new job just under six months, had no formal housing plan to discuss, but suggested the potential of pouring half of any budgetary surpluses into an infrastructure fund that could be used “equitably” around the province.

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