Appalled by Horgan’s $400 renters plan

Appalled by Horgan’s $400 renters plan

While I do not either support or not support the NDP, I take extreme exception to John Horgan’s plan to give $400 to each and every renter in this province, regardless whether they are millionaires in a Vancouver penthouse, or the poor living in rental units in the suburbs.

His reasoning behind this golden handshake is that homeowners receive the homeowners grant while renters receive nothing. As a homeowner living in my own home worth upwards of a half million dollars, I would like to say that my wife and I worked hard all our lives to pay for this home. We paid taxes on the property when we bought it, we paid taxes on every stick of lumber in it, we paid taxes on every fence, every paved driveway, every amenity within our boundaries. Every year we pay property taxes based on our assessed value. These taxes include schools, fire departments, hospitals, parks, among other assessments. Renters pay none of this. The person that owns the building they live in, however, does.

In my opinion, paying $400 to a renter is merely double-dipping the property owners who are already taxed to death. We have to pay the taxes that John Horgan so generously wants to hand to those that don’t.

The homeowners grant that my wife and I claim, by the way, amounts to about $300 dollars a year, that’s 25 per cent less than the bonus being handed to the renters. Four hundred dollars, by the way, is about $33 a month. This is in no way going to promote home ownership, or in any way going to help with a mortgage payment. It is merely another hit to a large segment of taxpayers who yet again will feel used and abused by a twisted government policy that makes zero sense.

Gord McAulay

Saltair

Just Posted

B.C. freestyle skier wins gold

Cassie Sharpe of Comox shines in the halfpipe

Caps’ Pochipinski locks up scholarship

Forward bound for Colorado College

Duncan man gets jail time for beating puppy to death

Robert Carolan is also banned from owning animals for a decade

Column: Keeping animals off roads is no simple task

Where I originally come from, it’s moose, which can weigh twice as much as an elk

VIDEO: Sweetheart Dance packs the Lake Cowichan 50+ Centre

Seniors team up with Cowichan Women Against Violence for a Valentine’s Day fundraising dance

Coming up in Cowichan: Irrigation; Palestinian children; fun with fungi

The Cowichan Watershed Board is presenting a free efficient irrigation workshop

Virtue and Moir end ice dance careers with Olympic gold

Virtue and Moir’s gold medal win at the Olympics makes them the world’s most decorated figure skaters

Canadians find living in small spaces teaches creativity

Canadian families choosing to live in small spaces to bring closeness to children

Emergency crews rescue pregnant woman after fall on mountain near Victoria

Roughly four-hour-long rescue includes firefighters from two departments

SAR suspends search for missing man at Sun Peaks

RCMP will continue to search for a missing man near Kamloops but SAR has suspended their role

Lottery will help save children’s lives

Each ticket gets you a chance to win a lot of money, while helping a lot of kids

B.C. RCMP officer officially cleared in car wash shooting incident

A report found the Salmon Arm officer fired 14 bullets at the man’s truck

Wounded Warrior Run stops in Port McNeill

For Jacqueline Zweng, the Wounded Warrior Run is a personal matter.

Most Read