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Bernier takes shots at Poilievre’s “central planning” housing policy

TCS Wire

April 25, 2022

PPC Leader Maxime Bernier charged Poilievre with “more central planning” and wading into provincial jurisdictions in a Tweet several hours after Pierre Poilievre released the plan.

“[Poilievre] proposes more central panning by federal politicians and bureaucrats, more intrusion in provincial jurisdictions, and more federal spending. When lowering immigration to sustainable levels would be a simpler solution to the housing crisis,” wrote Bernier. 

Under Poilievre’s proposed policy, big cities will have their federal infrastructure funding cut if they cannot increase housing development by 15 per cent. 

“I will require severely unaffordable big cities like Toronto and Vancouver to increase home building by 15 per cent or lose some of their federal infrastructure funds,” said Poilievre. 

“I will create a building bonus that pays municipalities 10,000 dollars for every extra home built, and I will require cities to pre-approve permits for high-density housing and employment at the future stations of all federal funded major transit projects”.

Conversely, the PPC’s housing policy blasted federal spending for producing “no results.” According to the party, mass immigration and zoning restrictions have played a role in the overpriced market. 

“Mass immigration is one of the main reasons for the constantly high level of demand for housing and the exorbitant prices in these cities. Even if a lot more houses were to be built, supply cannot keep up with this level of demand,” the PPC writes. 

Under the PPC plan, the party would reduce immigration quotas to 100,000 to 150,000 a year to reduce demand and put an end to funding social housing. The party also wants to privatize or dismantle the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. 

“All it has ever done is encourage Canadians to buy houses they can’t afford and accumulate massive amounts of debt that the federal government, and ultimately Canadian taxpayers, will be responsible for,” the PPC platform states.

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