Rewarding Schemers.

Dave Killion — February 10, 2011

The City of Victoria recently received an award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, given in recognition of the city’s secondary suite program. The program makes it possible for ¬†homeowners to install legal secondary suites, and is intended to ease the affordable housing crunch and permit homeowners to earn some extra income.

This is bizarre. The city used to prohibit homeowners from building badly needed secondary suites, and now it doesn’t. Giving them an award for that is like giving a man an award for no longer beating his wife. Only in government is this considered innovative.

The mayor is reportedly looking for more ways to improve housing affordability. Having been recognized for ending hostilities on one group attempting to provide the solution, perhaps he will be smart enough to eliminate the remaining government-imposed barriers.

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