UPDATED: Prime minister talks housing in Maple Ridge

Trudeau speaks to rising cost of housing, pressures on young people

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Maple Ridge on Monday to discuss housing.

He highlighted 2019 federal budget investments in housing affordability while at the Willow townhome complex, 24086 – 104th Avenue, where units range from $600,000 to $700,000.

Dan Ruimy, the Liberal MP in Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge riding who is seeking re-election, mentioned housing before introducing Trudeau.

He brought up the launch of the national housing strategy last year.

“A $40-billion 10-year program which will remove more than half a million families from housing needs, cut chronic homelessness by 50 per cent and change the face of housing in Canada,” Ruimy said.

“When we include everyone, we become stronger as a nation.”

Trudeau spoke about the rising cost of housing and the pressures that puts on young people.

“When you work hard and save, you should be able to own a home,” he said.

“These projects do more than give people an address. They change lives.”

Trudeau added that the federal government, as part of its 2019 budget and national housing strategy, is increasing the amount people can withdraw from their RRSP account for down payments on homes, to $35,000 from $25,000.

“We can’t just treat the symptoms of sky-high housing prices.”

Trudeau said larger down payments allows for lower monthly payments.

He also said the federal government will also continue to work with municipal and provincial governments to address housing supply issues, as well as make efforts to curb money laundering and tax evasion.

In addition, the federal government will be launching an expert panel to enable governments across the country to work together to tackle housing issues.

On Sunday, Trudeau introduced former TV news anchor Tamara Taggart as the Vancouver-Kingsway riding’s Liberal candidate in the fall federal election.

Trudeau accused Andrew Sheer’s Conservatives of hoping to continue Stephen Harper’s policies by giving tax breaks to the wealthy while cutting programs for the middle and lower classes.

“They still think the way to create economic growth for everyone is to cut programs and give advantages and benefits to the wealthiest,” he said. “Well, that doesn’t trickle down to anyone and it didn’t work for 10 years.”

Trudeau pitched the upcoming election as an opportunity for all Canadians to step up and start talking about the kind of country they want to leave for their children and grandchildren.

“Do we want to invest in the middle class — shine on the world stage,” he asked, before warning that Canada “is seeing the rise of populism, aggressive, fear-based politics, just like the rest of the world.”

He also announced that a by-election will be held May 6 in the electoral district of Nanaimo–Ladysmith.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Maple Ridge Monday morning. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Comments are closed

Just Posted

VIDEO: Co-habitating with bears

Maple Ridge is home to a large bear population, and there are tips available to help avoid conflict

TIME IS RUNNING OUT: Readers invited to share wildlife photographs

Aim, snap, shoot, and share your pictures of wildlife in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows to win!

LETTER: All Washington plate owners can’t be Canadian residents

A Maple Ridge man questions presence of U.S. vehicles in the Canada, despite closed borders

Residential real estate market rebounding well: long-time realtor

House prices, sales, and listings in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are moving on an upward trajectory

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are prepared for high Fraser River levels

Peak numbers are expected to be below trigger levels for both cities

B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

Travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have decimated the tourism and hospitality industries

300 Cache Creek residents on evacuation alert due to flood risk as river rises

Heavy rainfall on Canada Day has river rising steadily, threatening 175 properties

Friends, family remember victim of Langley possible triple-homicide fire at memorial

Memorial held for one the of three found dead at a house fire in Langley Meadows last month

Fraser Valley Bandits, CEBL bringing pro sports back later this month

Abbotsford-based basketball team kicks off CEBL Summer Series on July 26

Family and friends mark birthday of teen who died after being discovered in Langley park

Carson Crimeni suffered an apparent drug overdose, his final moments broadcast on social media

First glimpse of Canada’s true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

At least 105,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus was identified

Semi and BMW collide on South Surrey highway

At least one person to hospital, both vehicles sustained significant damage

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Most Read