Earlier, we reported Minister Rich Coleman was refusing interview requests about his new housing strategy, which apparently will focus on handing out rental supplements rather than funding social housing. So when we caught up with the minister at the Rockpile yesterday, we pressed him for details on those plans. His response: "Well Sean, like I said, you'll wait with everyone else." But didn't he already elaborate on that plan at the Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia's annual crystal ball session? "Oh no, I just talked about pieces of it and philosophical stuff - which I do. But the actual strategy is going to be pretty comprehensive and I think pretty groundbreaking."
And will he be discussing that strategy with social housing advocates, we inquired? "I've been talking to social housing advocates for 15 years about this stuff. I used to be the housing critic back 10 years ago. And I've got housing critic, housing societies I talk to all the time...They'll get input as we walk through the implementation side of this thing. But when you get past the stage where you've done years of looking at this stuff and getting the work done and you start working the numbers it becomes more of a cabinet and treasury board-type document - which is, quite frankly, confidential until I release it."