Earlier this week, the Sun published comments made by Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross that suggested the private sector must be “a full partner” in developing affordable housing in Manitoba.
In our opinion, this notion is a trifle unrealistic — and also quite familiar.
Only a few months ago, Brandon’s economic development officer, Sandy Trudel, suggested that, as part of the city’s affordable housing strategy, she and her department would attempt to create integrated neighbourhoods that have a diverse income level within them.
As the Sun previously reported, the city would reach out to the development community to come up with what would work best for both the city and the private sector.
We have already suggested that this kind of utopian ideal is unworkable, as such a plan would likely increase development costs in this city. Businesses and developers would simply look elsewhere for less expensive builds to turn a profit.
Allowing Irvin-Ross to take the province down this road would do the same — only on a grander scale.