Georgia Straight: Delay in foreign-buyers data leads NDP to accuse Liberals of playing politics with real estate

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Aug 10, 2016 | Travis Lupick

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In a telephone interview, NDP housing critic David Eby argued that the irregular releases and seemingly random date ranges suggest the B.C. Liberals are putting politics and policy ahead of information.

“I am very skeptical about why this information is being delayed,” the Vancouver–Point Grey MLA told the Straight. “I don’t know what their motives are for delaying it, but I have little doubt that there is a political motive informing it.”

As further evidence, Eby noted that a new 15-percent tax on residential sales to foreign nationals was announced on July 25, when only that first three-week set of data had been released.

“There is a way to do data collection that provides useful information for forming policy,” he said. “And then there is a way to do data collection that informs a larger political strategy. And I think we’re in the latter.”

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Delay in foreign-buyers data leads NDP to accuse Liberals of playing politics with real estate