Trudeau managed to walk the line regarding the issue, neither backing the city or the provinces housing Minister Selina Robinson. Both powers have presented plans that were met with concerns, and an inability to agree has allowed the tent city to thrive since 2017. Modular housing will be required to lift the residents out of Anita Place, but the city seems to want any new development to go up next to their already established social housing, at Royal Crescent. Last week Robinson called that option “unworkable”, but instead the minister is backing 51 modular units rising at the 11700 block of Burnett street.
The Prime Minister’s trip west concludes tonight in Nanaimo, where Trudeau will push liberal support alongside byelection candidate Michelle Corfield.