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Some middle-class Vancouver homeowners say they're unfairly targeted by speculation, school taxes

Last Updated Mar 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm PDT

About a dozen people protest their MLA, Attorney General David Eby, outside the Vancouver Club on March 14, 2019. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Middle-class Vancouver homeowners say the province is treating regular people like rich speculators and eating away at their savings in the process.

Jack has been a bus driver for 25 years and says he wishes the value of his home would go down because it’s slowly draining his savings. “I think we’re all painted with the same brush here — You’re just rich. You’re rich because you live in Point Grey or you live in Dunbar. That’s not the case at all. It’s false.”

“I don’t want to defer. I don’t want to leave my kids with debt. The house is going to my kids. I don’t want to leave them with a debt,” he said.

About a dozen people protest their MLA, Attorney General David Eby, outside the Vancouver Club on March 14, 2019. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Hans Schneider is retired and says on his fixed income, skyrocketing fees like the school tax, speculation tax and ICBC insurance are making it hard to keep the home he’s lived in for three decades.

“Just because I bought a house a long time ago and I put all my savings and all my efforts into the place, now I’m at a stage where I say, ‘How can I afford it anymore?'”

Jack and Hans joined a dozen people on Thursday to protest their MLA — Attorney General David Eby — outside the Vancouver Club, where he was speaking to a group of people who paid to attend.