David Eby invites opponents to protest at his housing town hall

By ThinkPol Staff

British Columbia Attorney General David Eby is inviting opponents to protest outside his Housing Town Hall 2.0 scheduled for Monday.

“There is adequate protest space outside, and we expect media to attend and cover any protest that takes place, so please protest outside,” Eby said in his invitation. “Inside, we ask that you respect the right of every attendee and speaker to both speak and be heard on these important and challenging issues.”

Eby’s invitation come as groups opposed to the BC NDP government’s measures at increasing housing affordability are calling for a “tax revolt”[1]https://stopebytaxes.com/contact/.

The attorney general had to cancel scheduled town hall on the school tax hike last month after opposition leader Andrew Wilkinson and real estate agency Sutton West Coast urged opponents of the tax to crash the town hall.

The guest speakers at Townhall 2.0 include Prof. Margot Young of UBC’s law school, Prof. Paul Kershaw from UBC and Generation Squeeze, Christine Duhaime, Partner at Duhaime Law; David Stroud, CEO of Mortgage Sandbox, Prof. Rhys Kesselman of SFU and Sarah Munro, a local parent and constituent.

“They will be addressing issues of poverty, money laundering, mortgage and realtor regulation, growing economic inequality, and the challenges and opportunities faced by families in our constituency,” Eby said. “These speakers are invited because they are experts in their fields. They will help us have an engaging and informative discussion about the challenge of the housing crisis in our community, and across the province, from a number of diverse perspectives.”

Eby asked attendees to treat speakers with respect.

“Some of my political opponents are already characterizing their attendance as being equivalent to presenting new government policy – which is obviously not the case,” Eby said in the invitation. “These speakers are invited exactly because they are independent of government.”

“Please join me in recognizing that these volunteer speakers are just that – volunteers,” Eby added. “While they don’t ask any of us to agree with them, I would ask that you treat them with respect and appreciation for coming out and sharing their thoughts, research and expertise.”

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1. https://stopebytaxes.com/contact/

2 Responses to David Eby invites opponents to protest at his housing town hall

  1. nonconfidencevote says:

    Everyone is welcome.
    A refreshing change from the closed door “love in” sessions of the former Liberals where dissenters were tossed out.

    In a city of 1% vacantcy rates, AirBnB rentals and skyrocketing rental rates…..
    The Liberals and Gregor The Dim should hang their heads in shame for what they have allowed to happen.
    Pro business let the voters be damned.
    Well the Liberals are now in opposition and Gregor the Dim knows he’s toast at the polls in the Fall if he runs again….
    They’ve earned the voters disgust.

  2. nonconfidencevote says:

    One wonders how much sympathy the West Side Van home owners in their $3 Million ( or more) homes will earn from the great unwashed in the rest of the Lower Brainland.
    When the new tax will mean another $80/month lumped onto a property assessed at $3 mill.
    And that annual tax can deffered until the house is sold if the home owner is over 55 years old.
    My heart pumps purple pee for West Side “protesters” in their Tilley Hats and Gucci handbags bitching about the unfairness of it all….
    Strategizing at the Rowing Club while nibbling on expensive caviar and brie.
    Then its back into the BMW to pick up the kids at school.

    Empathy from the “great unwashed”?
    Just be glad there arent pitchforks and torches in Kitslano

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