Richmond has a problem. Young families cannot afford to buy a home, existing homeowners struggle to pay tax on their over-priced properties and the food service and retail industries struggle to find staff.
It is very difficult to live in Richmond on minimum wage.
Our politicians search tirelessly to find someone else to blame. We have the highest fuel prices in the country, which makes commuting very expensive. Therefore, homes with shorter commutes are more attractive and ultimately more expensive.
So what do our leaders do? They raise transit fares and put more tax on a litre of fuel.
As we move into a municipal election, perhaps it is time that we ask our future leaders what they intend to do. Will they fix the problem or find someone else to blame?