Back in February, Minister Rich Coleman told Public Eye we'd have to "wait with everyone else" to receive details about his new housing strategy, adding it would "confidential until I release it." Of course, most dictionaries define "confidential" as an adjective describing something that's secret or private. Although it seems the Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA has a somewhat different understanding of that word, having discussed that strategy at length with friends and supporters - including 450 of them at his annual barbeque.
But, as reported by the Times Colonist, Minister Coleman is scheduled to let British Columbians in on his little secret on October 3 - an announcement which is expected to focus on handing out rent supplements rather than funding social housing. Although The Vancouver Sun's Pete McMartin recently paraphrased Pivot Legal Society lawyer David Eby as saying it will also include "supportive housing for the mentally ill and the addicted, and an increase in shelter allowances."
Meanwhile, according to our operatives, the government has tenatively branded Minister Coleman's plan as the Housing Matters strategy - which may raise a few eyebrows at B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association. After all, that's how the association is styling it's upcoming annual general meeting.