Apr. 9, 2022

We are being ruled by the LSD party

An initial review of the federal budget tabled Thursday confirms that the Liberal Socialist Democrat (LSD) Party, created by a written agreement between the Liberals and NDP, has made a Canada of the illusions and hallucinations of a government experimenting with a psychedelic drug.

The Trudeau-Singh cabal has made affordable housing the cornerstone of the 2022 budget.

The problem is that they are acting unlawfully. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s statement that the federal government had to step in to resolve the housing issue is nonsense.

Section 91 of our constitution states:
91 It shall be lawful for the Queen, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate and House of Commons, to make Laws for the Peace, Order, and good Government of Canada, in relation to all Matters not coming within the Classes of Subjects by this Act assigned exclusively to the Legislatures of the Provinces;

Section 92 of our constitution states:
92 In each Province the Legislature may exclusively make Laws in relation to Matters coming within the Classes of Subjects next hereinafter enumerated; that is to say,
  5. The Management and Sale of the Public Lands belonging to the Province and of the Timber and Wood thereon.
  8. Municipal Institutions in the Province.
12. Property and Civil Rights in the Province.
 
The federal government has no authority to intervene in provincial jurisdiction or deal directly with municipalities, including towns and cities.

The federal government is proposing more than $10-billion in new spending on a slew of housing-related initiatives, much of it aimed at increasing supply. The largest chunk, $4-billion over five years, is for the launch of a Housing Accelerator Fund, which aims to speed up development and create 100,000 new housing units.
The budget also proposes sending $1.5-billion over two years to the federal housing agency to extend the Rapid Housing Initiative, with the expectation that at least 6,000 new affordable housing units get built.
A January report from Bank of Nova Scotia found that, among G7 countries, Canada had the lowest supply of homes on a population-adjusted basis. Supply was particularly weak in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. To match its G7 peers in per-capita housing supply, Scotiabank estimated that Ontario would need an additional 1.2 million homes, underscoring the dearth of availability in major markets.
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The thought of the federal government throwing $11.5 billion of taxpayer funding into making housing in major cities affordable makes me ill. The LSD Party seems incapable of understanding that social manipulation by the federal government does not work.

Provinces have bungled the housing file. Through provincial legislation, the only real income a municipality is allowed is from property taxes, based on the value of the homes in that municipality. If the housing values were to reduce to realistic levels, probably half of the current market, municipalities could not provide essential services to their residents.

Provincial and municipal regulations respecting housing development are a bureaucratic nightmare of designs imported from the USA and based on idealistic rather than practical communities.

Rather than selling lots and allowing the buyer to construct a home within his means that meets basic building code requirements, municipalities require a developer to install paved streets and sidewalks, bury all utility wiring and piping, and set aside areas for schools, playgrounds and community centres. All of the costs go into the price of the completed residence.

Affordable housing is a provincial problem that the federal government cannot lawfully fix. The existing provincial and municipal legislation and bureaucracy are outside the federal government’s powers.

The whole concept of land development and management has to be rethought, and municipalities given the power to meet residents’ needs. The introduction of municipal development boards added another layer of bureaucracy to an already overloaded system. Worse, the professionals involved are oblivious to the needs of residents, basing their advice on idealistic rather than practical concepts.

Municipalities need to be funded differently and given the powers to meet the needs of their residents. Provinces have downloaded responsibilities to municipalities without appropriate increases in income. Local people, given the opportunity, can do much better if relieved of nonsensical bureaucracy and regulation.

The best government is local government.

Freeland proposes making the same top-down errors that provinces made to create a housing crisis. The political class is not more intelligent than the average resident. We have to stop existing despite the career politicians who dream they can outsmart the public. They are accountable for our housing, and the federal government cannot deal with our housing crisis. It cannot fix anything with grandiose and ineffective spending that only complicates the mess.