Earlier, we reported on provincial Housing Minister Rich Coleman's apparent plan to focus on handing out rental supplements rather than building more social housing. To clarify those plans, Public Eye placed a request for an interview with the minister more than two weeks ago. And this is the response: "He will not be talking to media until the strategy is released." So sayeth forests and range public affairs officer Tiffany Akins, who notes the minister has turned down similar requests from two other outlets. Of course, your humble organ would be remiss if we didn't observe that Minister Coleman seems to have had no trouble discussing that strategy at the Canadian Home Builders' Association's annual crystal ball session. And the Rental Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia appear to have discussed the issue at some length with him - unlike social housing advocates. So here's a question for our astute readers: is Minister Coleman doing a good job or a bad job of assuaging concerns that he's simply in the business of subsidizing landlords?
February 8, 2006