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The new BC government and BCREA’s work

Published Jul 18, 2017

BC Legislative Assembly On July 18, 2017, Premier John Horgan and his cabinet were sworn in to the provincial legislature.

A few weeks ago, BCREA recommended a dedicated Ministry of Housing. Since housing is currently such a critical issue in British Columbia, a ministry devoted solely to housing would be best equipped to tackle complex housing challenges in an efficient, coordinated and effective manner.

The new government chose instead to create a Ministry for Municipal Affairs and Housing. While this cabinet decision doesn’t fulfill BCREA’s recommendation, the portfolio does have more prominence that in the last government. We look forward to working with the Honourable Selina Robinson on all our housing affordability recommendations.

BCREA also recommended that the new government retain a Ministry, or Ministry of State, for Emergency Preparedness. The government has retained a portfolio for emergency management, naming Jennifer Rice as Parliamentary Secretary. BCREA will continue to advocate for our emergency management and flood protection recommendations, including the advancement of floodplain mapping across BC.

Finance is another important ministry for BCREA, because it controls taxation and the legislation under which BC REALTORS® are licensed. The Honourable Carole James is the new Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier, and she brings considerable experience and knowledge to the role.

View the full cabinet appointments on the BC government website, and read more about BCREA’s public policy recommendations here

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