Saturday, 19 April 2014

Buy Buy B.C.

Another day, another censored comment, this time at the pathetically local booster press, The Tri-Cities News. Any mention of race in the local Canadian media is bound to raise editorial hackles, especially when it impinges on the hallowed subject of real estate. The original story is a transparent red herring, promoting the spurious notion that the young of BC are being pitilessly driven out of the province for want of a five-percent housing down-payment. Who knows? maybe they are; but the point is, there's no lack of young people worldwide ready to take their place. And there's the rub: isn't the item itself implicitly based on a racist perspective? For what does it matter, in a PC framework, who is filling the shoes and the houses of the previous generation, so long as they're being filled? So perhaps the unconsciously implied headline of the item is actually Bye bye, (White) B.C.  
      Not only was my comment suppressed, but any further access to the comments box was effectively blocked. This is par for the course in the Canadian media, aka "realtors in fealty," where the touchy subject of real estate and immigration must never be allowed to rear its hateful head. Part of the perennial narrative of this nation's media is the phony concern over falling home prices. In fact,  real estate valuation has never experienced anything other than a robust upward trend since at least the early seventies, when mass immigration became the preferred mode for propping up both the population and the construction industry.

 Here's the comment; the link, needless to say, goes to an offshore publication. No Canadian outlet would ever dare publish such an incendiary article.
Curiously, our editors fail to suggest any reason as to why real estate prices are so dear. It's especially curious insofar as the Tri-Cities is an area where the unremitting clang of the developer's pile driver has been the dominant note in the urban soundscape for the past twenty-five years. Somebody must be paying the exorbitant tabs the builders are demanding, and it isn't grandma. "Canada was built on the backs of young people leaving home to make better lives for themselves..." we are told. And so it is today, dear editors, except that the homes which these young people are leaving happen to be in Asia, and the wealth they are bringing into this country and into the housing market is generating more than realtors' smiles. It is generating resentment. And ironically, that resentment is nowhere more pronounced than among Canada's own young and mobile Asians.  

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