* The headline should be Cons break leaky condo crisis promise. If I edit the headline it will screw up the aggregators.
If you haven't lived in B.C.'s Lower Mainland you might not have heard of the province's leaky condo crisis. But trust me when I say in Vancouver, in Victoria, and elsewhere in the province, it's a big deal.
And it was a big deal during the last election campaign, when Stephen Harper promised during a campaign stop in Victoria to conduct a review into the role the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC), a federal agency, played in the affair and any potential culpability the government might share in the $1.5 billion affair. He even dangled the promise of compensation to entice voters.
Now that they're in government though, chalk that up as another Conservative broken promise. According to the Vancouver Sun, because of court actions filed against the CMHC, Human Resources minister Diane Finley says there won't be a review for now, and she can't comment "while these matters are before the courts."
Sounds reasonable enough. I mean, the courts are the courts, after all. But just one small thing. The court actions were ALREADY UNDERWAY when Harper made his election promise. So the Conservatives promised a review to the people of B.C., knowing full well because of pending court cases it couldn't actually happen.
But as I've written previously the Harper Conservatives are willing to say anything, dishonest, misleading or otherwise, to gain a few more votes. Accountability indeed.
A review of the CMHC's role and culpability has been shelved
Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun
Published: Thursday, September 14, 2006
The Conservative government has shelved its election promise to conduct a review into a federal agency's role and potential culpability in B.C.'s $1.5-billion leaky condo crisis, according to a letter sent by Human Resources Minister Diane Finley to a homeowners' group.