A recent editorial in the Times Colonist supports the view that transit and similar infrastructure should be paid by federal, provincial and municipal governments, not new homebuyers.

https://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-transit-needs-help-from-taxes-1.10327205

“Estimates by local builders suggest that existing taxes and regulations add about 20 per cent to the cost of a new house. With decent accommodation already unaffordable for many families, do we want to make that situation worse?

B.C. already has a dreadful record for child poverty. One reason is that lower-income families spend too much on accommodation. Anything that might add to this burden should be avoided.

Realistically, a narrowly aimed tax of the kind proposed by Fassbender — it might be called punitive — will not solve the problem. It might make it worse.

What is needed is a broad-based revenue source, and only the two senior levels of government possess such sources.”

Here is the story last week https://www.timescolonist.com/business/governments-consider-tax-on-builders-to-fund-transit-1.9881842 and we made our views known on Pamela McCall’s program on CFAX.

VRBA continues to be the leading industry voice for housing affordability. It’s the #1 priority of British Columbians and should be the priority of elected officials – https://www.vrba.ca/voters-can-demand-affordability/