Justin Trudeau’s housing platform has come under fire amidst revelations that a Liberal candidate in Vancouver Granville has made millions flipping homes. 

According to British Columbia’s assessment records, Taleeb Noormohamed has sold 41 properties since 2005, making $4.9 million in the process. This appears contradictory to Trudeau’s anti-flipping stance because it is driving up home prices.

Last week the Liberal party leader proposed an “anti-flipping tax” on residential properties that will require that they be held for at least a year. That means 21 of the properties Noormohamed which were sold in less than a year would have been subject to the proposed tax.

“This is Trudeau’s housing crisis,” said NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. “While Trudeau’s been talking about housing, his team has been getting very rich by driving up housing prices and making it even harder for everyday people to buy a home.” Since 2015, housing prices across Canada have skyrocketed $300,000.

While Noormohamed’s real estate dealings are completely legal, his past actions appear to be at odds with the Liberal platform on flipping.

Meanwhile the Liberal candidate says he’s fully committed to housing affordability.

In a media statement, Noormohamed confirmed that he had been involved in flipping, but he affirmed his commitment to the Liberal platform on housing affordability.

“I am fully committed to making housing more affordable across Canada, and right here at home in Vancouver Granville,” the statement reads. “Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the most ambitious plan of any party to make housing more affordable – and I will work hard to make that plan a reality.”

“While I have had business activities improving homes, I have been consistent in my support for measures to make housing more affordable and, as the MP for Vancouver Granville, it will remain a priority.”

Noormohamed ran against Jody Wilson-Raybould in 2019, after she was removed from the Liberal Party and ran as an independent. She won that election but is not running again.

 

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