On Sept. 20, local residents will be voting for a member of parliament in the Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam riding for the 2021 federal election.
Each week leading up to decision day, the Tri-City News will publish answers to topical questions from those vying for a seat in the House of Commons.
Responses from candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
- Canada is facing an affordable housing crisis and all federal parties have a solution. Why is your party’s plan better?
Katerina Anastasiadis — Conservative
The Conservatives’ Canada Recovery Plan aims to build one million homes in three years. Combined with banning foreign ownership, we will make buying a home more affordable for families in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. Additionally, our introduction of seven-to-10-year mortgages and fixing stress tests will help stabilize the market, end discriminatory practices, and make homeownership a reality for young Canadians.
Kimberly Brundell — People's Party of Canada
- As of this publication (Sept. 16), Brundell has yet to respond to our question. We will update this article when information becomes available.
Laura Dupont — NDP
Jagmeet Singh and the NDP will work with communities and non-profit developers to build 500,000 affordable homes — because building more units of expensive market housing won’t solve the housing crisis. We’ll waive the federal GST/HST on affordable rental construction, while introducing a Foreign Buyers’ Tax to tackle rampant housing speculation.
Ron McKinnon — Liberal
- The Liberals have the best plan to increase housing affordability and are the only party with a plan to end chronic homelessness. A re-elected Liberal government will build or repair 1.4 million homes in four years — nearly seven times the NDP target. We are introducing a new Rent-to-Own Program, creating the Tax-Free First Home Savings Account, introducing the Home Buyer’s Bill of Rights, and doubling the First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit.