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Protesters expected as Eby looks to sell proposed school tax in Vancouver

Last Updated May 27, 2018 at 7:29 am PDT

FILE - BC Attorney General David Eby (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

David Eby is holding a townhall in West Point Grey today to talk about the NDP's proposed 'school tax' surcharge

Protesters are expected to attend the BC Attorney General's townhall where he will discuss a controversial proposed tax

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – BC’s Attorney General is expected to face a number of protesters, as he attends a townhall event for the West Point Grey Resident’s Association this afternoon.

David Eby will be trying to sell the NDP’s proposed school tax, which will see a 0.2 per cent surtax put on the assessed value of homes worth more than $3-million.

The idea is to have that money help what Eby calls the ‘chronically underfunded’ school system in this province. However, a post on his constituency blog says that money has to come from somewhere.

He points out, this can be deferred by seniors, and families with children living at home.

But a number of anti-tax protesters aren’t pleased by the move, and plan to rally outside the event before it starts.

In a letter sent to Eby and Premier John Horgan by the West Point Grey Residents Association Board of Directors, they write, the surtax will ‘put many owners in the position of being taxed out of their homes, forced to sell, or, to raise rents on secondary suites.

They say, it will actually make life less affordable for British Columbians.

Eby had planned to hold a townhall event in his Vancouver-Point Grey riding earlier this month to explain the tax and listen to concerns of those affected. It was canceled due to what he said were safety concerns.

Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson is also expected to attend the meeting, which will be held at the Jericho Hill Gym at 2 p.m.

(Courtesy West Point Grey Residents Association)