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

Just Posted

UPDATED: Two seeking Liberal nod in Ridge, Mission

No dates yet for candidate selection process

1.6-magnitude earthquake rouses residents from their sleep near Agassiz

The quake was detected 3 km east-northeast of Agassiz

Trauma talk packs the ACT in Maple Ridge

What is Trauma? is the second of three free community conversations

Hall Of Fame induction is a feather in the cap, says proud Walker Sr.

Son will be inducted into hall of fame with 76.6 percent of vote

Langley brewery renames beer as tribute to local Vegas shooting victim

Maple Ridge’s Jordan McIldoon, one of 58 killed in 2017 mass shooting, remembered by Five Roads

Fashion Fridays: The basics you need for your body type

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

B.C. man dies after police called for ‘firearms injury’ in rural Alberta

Victim is 30-year-old Greater Victoria man, say police

VIDEO: Silvertips edge Giants 2-1 Thursday in Langley

Vancouver falls just short, dropping hard-fought, one-goal decision to Everett at home

Was Bigfoot just spotted on a Washington State webcam?

Sherman Pass is rougly 70 kilometres south of Grand Forks, B.C.

B.C. employer health tax wins ‘paperweight award’ for red tape

Businesses forced to estimate payroll, pay new tax quarterly

VIDEO: Dashcam records near-miss by bad driver near Sooke

Driver crossed four lanes of traffic and back over again, barely missing three other vehicles

New U.S. LNG terminal near northwestern B.C. town proposed

AlaskCAN International LNG wants terminal just over Canadian border, but using B.C gas

UPDATE: Ride-hailing launches in parts of Metro Vancouver

Uber and Lyft vow to expand as more drivers are hired

Most Read