BC Liberal leader calls renting a 'wacky time' and 'part of growing up'

Mar 1 2019, 4:06 am

BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson is coming under fire and being called “out of touch” after recent comments he made in Victoria this week, regarding the rental situation in the province.

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On Wednesday, Wilkinson said renting is just a “fun part” of growing up.

“I was a renter for 15 years. I lived in a dozen different rentals,” he said. “It was challenging at times, but it was fun.”

He added that being a renter is a “rite of passage” and “part of growing up and getting better.”

“We’ve all done it,” he added. “It’s kind of a wacky time of life, but it can be really enjoyable.”

His comments were immediately pounced on by members of the NDP, who said it was due to the policies of the Liberals when they were in power that many find themselves still renting and unable to achieve homeownership.

Wilkinson’s comments also come the same week that Vancouver deemed $2,056 as “affordable rent” for a one-bedroom unit.

On Thursday, Wilkinson took to Twitter in an attempt to clarify what he meant by his words, adding that “some people find themselves renters by choice, others not.”

Renters Launch ‘Affordability’ Campaign

The comments from Wilkinson and the response by the NDP come in the midst of a renters campaign being launched today, which calls on BC Premier John Horgan to “fully implement the Fall 2018 Rental Taskforce recommendations.”

“There is an affordability and rental crisis in British Columbia. Rental costs are skyrocketing. Seniors are being kicked out of their homes through ‘renovictions,'” said Glyn Lewis, organizer of the Stand Up for Renters campaign. “Strata Councils have an absurd power to ban rentals altogether. The Government of British Columbia needs to step-up and stand-up for renters. We call on the Horgan Government to fully implement MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert’s Fall 2018 Rental Taskforce recommendations.”

To view a petition launched by the campaign, click here.

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