Keeping an eye on Communist, Totalitarian China, and its influence both globally, and we as Canadians. I have come to the opinion that we are rarely privy to truth regarding the real goal, the agenda of Red China, and it's implications for Canada [and North America as a whole]. No more can we rely on our media as more and more information on China is actively being swept under the carpet - not for consumption.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Expert worries farmland is still subject to foreign speculators
Expert angry over farmland that's still subject to foreign speculators
Dr. Kent Mullinix says government ought to outright ban foreign ownership of farms
Dec 1, 2017
As a result, Mullinix estimates some 44,000 acres of farmable land is not in production in Metro Vancouver — a region with the best soil and growing conditions in North America.
He and the institute, with assistance from local municipalities, intend to research the impact foreign speculation has had on farming in Metro Vancouver, however he’s still waiting on data from the provincial government.
“If they don’t have it, the work will indicate a huge gap in information that the province, and the rest of us, need and should have,” said Mullinix.
On Monday B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong introduced a new bill to tax foreign purchasers of Metro Vancouver residential properties, at a rate of 15 per cent. The tax will be enforced by verifying a buyer’s social insurance number on property transfer forms. That revenue will be earmarked for housing-related projects.
According to government data released Tuesday, from June 10 to July 14, foreigners accounted for about one in 10 home purchases, or $885 million worth of property in the region (10 per cent of the value of all transactions). Nearly one in five homes in Richmond (18.2 per cent) were bought by Chinese, who spent $132 million in Richmond (19.1 per cent of the value). Chinese spent about five per cent more on their transactions than did residents and Canadian citizens on Lulu Island.
“Richmond comes in as the highest” percentage, said de Jong.
On Monday de Jong said, “While investment from outside Canada is only one factor driving price increases, it represents an additional source of pressure on a market struggling to build enough new homes to keep up. This additional tax on foreign purchases will help manage foreign demand while new homes are built to meet local needs.”
Economist Tom Davidoff, director of the UBC Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate, called the tax a “bold” step, but questioned whether it would result in a correction of more than 15 per cent, at most, considering there’s a fixed supply of housing.
Davidoff and other leading local economists have called for the province to institute an extra annual property tax based on income, instead of nationality. Declared income would serve as a tax credit and retired Canadians would be exempt.
He said his tax would discourage Chinese speculation while incentivizing income earners to live in the city — something many believe is not happening, thus contributing to unaffordability.
Investigative journalist Ian Young of the South China Morning Post stated a similar tax is in place in Hong Kong. He said, via Twitter, that it would do little to curb Chinese money from entering the Vancouver market, as that can be done by low-earning investor immigrants from Quebec.
NDP MLA David Eby said, via Twitter, the new tax would be “easy to evade” by simply setting up exempted Canadian shell companies to purchase real estate, for example.
Davidoff has previously said outside money transfers to existing low-earning residents, such as friends, family members or studentsis another loophole.
Meanwhile, Eby and the NDP have also called on the government for a task force on money laundering.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver said Monday the tax “needlessly injects uncertainty into the market,” and the province didn’t properly consult the industry.