October 29, 2016

Alberta NDP’s Bill 202 will create unaffordable housing and "landlord control"

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The NDP are introducing a bill that Albertans For Fair Rent say will restrict landlord and property rights.

Bill 202, the Affordable Housing Review Committee Act introduced by NDP MLA Robyn Luff, addresses rent control, security deposits, rent subsidies and rent affordability.

Rent control restricts the amount a landlord can charge a tenant, making charging over a set ceiling price, illegal.

A paper in the Journal of the American Institute for Economic Research states research “consistently and predominantly frowns on rent control” and most economists, regardless of political stripe, seem to agree.

As early as last November, the NDP said they wouldn’t introduce rent controls, instead focussing on building more affordable housing units.

So why the change and what do they think they’ll accomplish with this bill?

Rent control amounts to tenant subsidies granted by landlords. This deters landlords from renting out their properties and investors from building rental properties, which then causes shortages, higher rental prices and a smaller tax base.

The Calgary Residential Association hosts www.albertansforfairrent.com, where you’ll find details and can sign up to show opposition to Bill 202. They say the Alberta government shouldn’t interfere in an already highly regulated property rights issue.

That seems about right, especially considering the state of the economy and the fact that vacancy rates are already up and rents are down.

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commented 2016-10-31 10:38:33 -0400
No protest in any towns north of Edmonton, none in Westlock, Whitecourt, Barrhead, Fox Creek, Valleyview, Peace River, Mayerthorpe etc. WHERE in the heck in our Wildrose representative to set up the rallies in our towns, where are our so-called PC as well for that matter? THEY should be earning their keep, after all it’s not like we ask much of them, but we constantly get calls and letters asking for donations.
commented 2016-10-31 10:04:15 -0400
Nov. 5
commented 2016-10-31 10:03:08 -0400
So, Alberta wants to catch up with us here in Manitoba? Rent controls to look after the “little guy” from the rapacious wealthy landlords? Most landlords (like me) are far from wealthy. One bad renter can make sure of that. Ridiculously low damage deposits (half a month’s rent) will not pay for the damage some bone head can do to properly.

So with the rent controls here in Manitoba there is very little money to be made by landlords so rental units were not being built. The ones that existed were being converted to condos ( for apartments). The NDP rode to the rescue to and made it difficult to do conversions. So now there is housing shortage. Now they decided to subsidize condo’s in certain areas. What you subsidize you encourage so in those areas there is a surfeit of condo’s that can’t be sold. In other areas there is still a shortage.

If you want a disaster just start a government plan to stimulate or slow down the economy. Guaranteed failure. History (that thing sjw’s hate because it proves them wrong) bears this out time and time again.
commented 2016-10-31 10:03:03 -0400

Airdrie – Co-op Car Wash – Yankee Valley Blvd S.W

Brooks – The Heritage Inn *11.00 a.m*

Calgary – The McDougall Centre – 455 6th Street SW

Camrose – Icon Safety -Convoy Line-Up at CRE *10:30 a.m*

Drayton Valley – 5702-50a Street, Beside Kal-Tire

Edmonton – Alberta Legislative Building

Ft McMurray – The Provincial Building – Franklin Avenue-

Grande Prairie – Jubilee Park

Hanna -The Hanna Round Up Centre

Lethbridge – Galt Gardens

Medicine Hat – The Tourist Visitor Centre, by the Teepee-12:00
AND * *Convoy at 11:00 a.m at Brier Park**

Red Deer – City Hall, Down Town *11:00 a.m*
commented 2016-10-31 09:56:03 -0400
A sure sign of a lefty is when they claim that they are outside the right/left dichotomy. The green party is famous for that. Our local candidate in the last election was always sprouting that but when I pushed the right buttons he accused me of being the dreaded “right winger”. A mantle I proudly wore.

Right wingers tend to base their ideas on the evidence of history. LWEft wingers tend to disparage history (white man’s narrative and all) and work on the basis of a new theory which is totally unproven. The USSR and its minions were of that ilk. The people supposedly owned the means of production. Yeah, right. They were slaves to a different master.

I spent two years in the former USSR in the mid 90’s shortly after the collapse of the USSR and saw first hand the results of all this socialist BS. No thanks.
commented 2016-10-31 02:31:09 -0400
OK Alberta… And where will you be on November the 5th. ? Still bitching and grousing at the local pub or out on the protest lines???…
commented 2016-10-31 01:56:42 -0400
Nutley, take that Calgary stetson hat off, no traitors in our province should ever wear this hat. DAMN right, I’m ticked at this never ending regressive evil witch. She is unrelenting at her hatred for Albertans. We need her gone now before it’s too late and she brings us into never ending debt.
commented 2016-10-30 23:05:27 -0400
Anonymous… Less meddling and let the free markets prevail and sustain what they will bear…!!!
commented 2016-10-30 21:34:10 -0400
Considering the high level of unemployment in the province, do we really want Albertan tenants to pay through the nose for rent? Keep the rent control.
commented 2016-10-30 20:37:59 -0400
John S Alberta did not need to borrow for infrastructure and had no debt , did you miss that part?
commented 2016-10-30 19:14:18 -0400
Regulations lead to cronyism and kleptocracy, which lead to monopolies, which is anti-capitalistic. The only thing that works is an open and free market system without government intervention.
commented 2016-10-30 13:48:38 -0400
You may benefit from a read of Henry Hazlitt’s famous little book, “ECONOMICS IN ONE LESSON”, you can get a copy here:
Do us all a favour and read it…before you grace us with anymore of your delusional, socialist, Keynesianisms…
commented 2016-10-30 13:18:39 -0400
Argentina and Greece are calling John Siciliano.
commented 2016-10-30 12:56:27 -0400
Did you get that John?
“1) it is a short term fix which ignores long term implications in the markets and,

2) Public stimulus spending and debt accumulation is unsustainable. "

Good comments all, (except for John’s campaign speeches of course). If nothing else John’s pontifications create a platform for many intelligent posters to express common sense and debunk.
commented 2016-10-30 12:00:28 -0400
Again John S spews outdated and disproven Keynesian economic solutions – government market inteventions.

It’s now clear that government massive stimulus spending and economic meddling (such as “diversifying” an economy in directions it is not prone to go naturally) has not achieved its objectives. Welfare spending hasn’t reduced poverty. Housing subsidy has not increased affordable house construction. Keynesianism hasn’t created wealth, just debt and market diversity has produced a permanent unemployed class. Why hasn’t it? Injected market stimulus is premised on the social democrat economic model known as Keynesianism. Keynesian economics fail for may reasons – Milton Freidman has written extensively as to the whys, but basically there are two primary reasons for its failure: 1) it is a short term fix which ignores long term implications in the markets and,

2) Public stimulus spending and debt accumulation is unsustainable.

Keynesian economic solutions demonstrably don’t work, never has worked, and never will work. Without a clear understanding of why Keynesianism (and the so-called democratic socialism which champions it) cannot work we will be forever doomed to pursuing the impossible.

As Glen states Alberta needs pipelines not windmills, it needs to export oil – but in the vein of diversifying INDUSTRY not the economy – Alberta needs to go value-added with its resources it needs to ship petro-chem products, it needs to ship finished products from forest, grains, ore and agri output – it must divest from the “hewers of timber and haulers of water”, raw material exports to finished products.
commented 2016-10-30 11:27:00 -0400
@john S…the infrastructure needed most is a pipline to tidewater. Not one nickle of that needs to be public debt intrest free or otherwise.

There is no industry….including windmill and solar panel manufacture…that would take the risk of being wired to a wind and solar system. And you can’t forge steel without coal. Things made of plastic require oil. There are no wind and solar trains and trucks to transport goods and there is no incentive to build highways (which require asphalt) to towns that are dying.

I lived in Montreal when there was a boom in wall murals to beautify tenements that were going to seed. Expo and the Olympic games created a desire to spruce up the town and even at that, when cities like New York permit it private advertisers do as well or better and have incentive to change the image more frequently. Is this what you are talking about when you say “infrastructure”?

If it is then I agree with others who accuse you bafflegab. Infrasturucture is roads bridges and delivery systems for water sewage and power. It is creation of agora like the new Halifax public library.

What new infrastructure spending has Notley done and for what purpose?

Oh BTW REBELS …..just about all of the lead stories on the CBC site today are offsite comments and responses to what gets posted here.
commented 2016-10-30 10:17:38 -0400
You want a system where oil is kept and even expanded but we need an economy which is for more infrastructure without increasing the debt. Ever heard of infrastructure banks or using the Bank of Canada interest-free loans. Even Rocco Galati is suing the Bank of Canada and the federal government for not using that mechanism used from 1935 to 1974. That is one of the reasons why Canada had such a low debt during that time and the highest it was was basically 22 billion dollars.

It increased because every PM since was Canada to be part of the IMF and World Bank and Bank of International Settlement. This is well-documented on the Canadian Action party website.

As for encouraging other industries, this can easily happen with more green and infrastructure in general by having interest-free loans with no debts provided to municipalities. This is part of the Bank of Canada Act, and if Alberta signed onto this they can reap the rewards from the Bank of Canada.

I am proposing policies that are outside the mainstream. Simple and easy.

As for what to do about manufacturing to build things and be a powerhouse, Alberta and other provinces can build up tariffs so that they can invest in low level manufacturing and pay workers living wages. This is well within the realm of capitalism as this was normal back in the 1970’s. Many will say that industries in that nature cannot compete but this can occur with more tariffs and removing the corporate tax cuts and reversing them and removing the free trade agreements which have hurt industries and have caused them to leave in the first place.

As for whether industries can survive at $50 per barrel, the workers are being fired and people are being laid off because of the market and while companies are still making money the workers are not benefiting. I see no benefits to expanding the oilsands for workers and the nation as a whole. Leaving it as is with the same production rates but diversifying is the best solution, and like I said it is just one industry when forestry is more profitable and probably should be expanded and other areas as well.

I feel that if the private sector cannot get it done government must be there to provide the mechanisms in place to do the rest.

Levant is not giving what I gave about tariffs, abandoning free trade and helping small business and punishing corporations.
commented 2016-10-30 08:38:41 -0400
@john S……….You mentioned that municipalities often impose rent control…while I do not think it is a good idea for them to do so there is much less rudder lag when they decide it is a bad idea…the farther you go up the food chain in bureaucracy power the longer the rudder lag when you change the policy.

This measure…along with many others made by the Alberta NDP…is at best over reach of authority.

I see nothing in any policy put forwrd by the Notley NDP that would encourage diversity of Alberta’s economy. Notley has been quite punitive to those who have invested there and has shown that her loyalties are to an anti-oil agenda. No alternative that actually works has been offered.
commented 2016-10-30 06:11:50 -0400
John Siciliano commented 6 hours ago
The reasons why Alberta is suffering has to do with the fact that there is no diversification and Harper made that happen and even 44 years of PC government could not do it. People are just criticizing the NDP after just 1 year and it takes time to change and reform a system which is so badly locked in its ways.

That is just complete nonsense, and leftist code for government subsidizing failures in a fake economy.
commented 2016-10-30 06:08:48 -0400
Housing is already largely unaffordable, and all of it caused by government. Just in the last month the price of new house construction has jumped by about thirteen thousand dollars, and a report I heard early today, said that new federal construction regulations that are coming, will drive the price of a four hundred and fifty thousand dollar house up by another ninety thousand dollars. The price of new home is going to be well out of reach for all but a few. On the other side of the coin, that will drive up the prices of older homes, keeping first time buyers out of the market.
commented 2016-10-30 04:19:28 -0400
John Siciliano commented 4 hours ago

The reasons why Alberta is suffering has to do with the fact that there is no diversification and Harper made that happen and even 44 years of PC government could not do it. People are just criticizing the NDP after just 1 year and it takes time to change and reform a system which is so badly locked in its ways. (you also said they can’t make money at $50 barrel).

You don’t have to get rid of oil to encourage other types of industry John. Such shallow thinking. If they wanted to encourage other industries, they could leave oil alone and simply do so! And Harper never ran Alberta. The various premiers did!! That was just an election slogan. You weren’t actually supposed to fall for it.

Don’t you pay attention John? You watch all the same videos as the rest of us but you learn nothing!! Do you have a learning disability? The oil companies ARE making money, even at $40 barrel, just now they’re doing it in Saskatchewan and Texas. What part of that didn’t you get? Did you think Ezra was lying? Even when he showed us evidence? Do you have psychiatric problems? Is that what’s keeping you from learning?
commented 2016-10-30 04:06:22 -0400
John S. You are one messed up so-and-so!!

Against unfettered property rights? So how much of your money can the government take out of your bank account at will? 10%, 20%, all of it? Ppty rights isn’t just houses, it’s everything you own. Everything you worked for.

Help the most vulnerable. The Lefty mantra! Here in Ontario, Wynn’s policies are making it WORSE for the poor and middle class. Our Landlord/Tenant Tribunals are “tenant-friendly”, always shafting the landlords. This causes landlords to get out of the business. This reduces vacancy rates and pushes up rents. If they made it EASIER to get rid of tenants, landlords would stay in the business, and as more jump into the market, it increases supply and rents go down due to competition, and THAT sir, is how you make it better for “the most vulnerable”.

You have a default position where you automatically look to government intervention. you simply can’t even picture a world without it. Or going to the bathroom without it. Well I have news for you. Capitalism is what humans do quite naturally, and was working great long before the first government was ever created!!
commented 2016-10-30 03:40:33 -0400
We had rent controls in Ontario in the early 70’s and we’re still paying for it today. Only as of this year have corporations started to build Rental Buildings. 45yrs it took!! What a mess Notely is wroughting!
It’s going to backfire HUGE, like ALL Left Wing policies. Lefty policies “sound good”, but in practice, they never work. The real issue is, why don’t Lefty’s learn this? I mean the rest of us have learned it for past experience. Are they “incapable of learning”?
commented 2016-10-30 03:40:33 -0400
We had rent controls in Ontario in the early 70’s and we’re still paying for it today. Only as of this year have corporations started to build Rental Buildings. 45yrs it took!! What a mess Notely is wroughting!
It’s going to backfire HUGE, like ALL Left Wing policies. Lefty policies “sound good”, but in practice, they never work. The real issue is, why don’t Lefty’s learn this? I mean the rest of us have learned it for past experience. Are they “incapable of learning”?
commented 2016-10-30 03:16:43 -0400
Andy the sad part is John blames some conspiracy for him and his parties failures.
commented 2016-10-30 02:58:23 -0400
Once again might I suggest J.S. that you are being a bit “simplistic”?… Quote:- “People on here believe just simple changes in tax code will fix the system.”… That, is what is commonly known as a “sweeping generalization”… Since you alluded to having studied economics, you might want to be applying for a refund on that part of your tuition fees?… Just a thought… “People on here” have a diversity of opinion and while tax codes might be part of the solution they do not in any form represent the “be all and end all” of what is wrong with failed socialistic solutions to current ills in Ottawa, Ontario or Alberta… A strong hint J.S… Stop trying to make lordly assumptions about the mind set of millions of Canadians who don’t agree with your socialist cant…
commented 2016-10-30 02:56:06 -0400
John S the left right paradigm is pretty obvious in many ways, you make things up to say it isn’t. And you are not educating anyone. Try getting some life experience.
commented 2016-10-30 02:51:21 -0400
John S sorry this is not social democracy. Your bs is pathetic.
commented 2016-10-30 02:44:11 -0400
John Siciliano,

You sound like an apologist for the woman who is the reason for burquas.
It is said that bullshite baffles brains and with the amount you seem able to shovel, I think all the brains reading these posts are well and truly baffled.
Probably like me, most readers look at your name and move on.
“Nothing more to see here so let’s just move on.”

commented 2016-10-30 01:35:03 -0400
John Siciliano commented – “Spending is a necessary function whenever the private markets cannot do anything.”

Only in debt-ridden backwaters – What you promote is Keynesian BS ( provably a disaster anywhere it has been tried) and the rest of your rudimentary gobbledygook is Fabian socialism.

The government has no business in the free market or competing with private capital in an economy – every time it does it only enriches rapacious financiers who underwrite the spending risk by taking public assets in chattel

That anyone can still believe Keynes’s public spending Theory holds any answers to the world’s economic problems is one of those sad facts that make you realize just how dismally resistant to objective truth politicians and the collective left are. If “Stimulus spending” was an economic life boy The US should be an economic powerhouse after the Obama yeas – but of course it is not.

The only legacy of Keynesian economics and the crypto socialists who pander it, have left is a permanent high unemployment rate and staggering debt servicing which weakens infrastructure spending. After years of trying, Keynesian economics still has no idea how to deal with stagnant economies or positively impact the economy as private sector spending does.

The Alberta NDP have Broken a working economy by implementing a host of proven unworkable and inapplicable economic plans. Even when Alberta recovers from this economic winter, led by private sector resurgence, it will be strangled by a needless debt load it uncured from socialist economic malfeasance.