Last Sunday at St John’s Rev Robert Adams preached a sermon entitled “Will There Be Room?”. In the Bible Isaiah preached to King Ahab that things had gone badly astray in the rich and fertile land of Judah. The cries of the oppressed rang out as the rich bought up everything and boasted just how they had prospered. This was not God’s will. It stood in direct contradiction of the Tenth Commandment: One should not covet thy neighbour’s wife and steal his property.
Yet this is exactly what is happening in Canada today. Recent articles in the Globe & Mail tell us that the price of a house is beyond the reach of young families; that over twenty percent of housing purchases in the last 18 months are by investors converting them into multi-unit rentals for the profit of a few; and gives guidance to our children how to move to the USA where housing is much more affordable. This is wrong.
We must learn from history. We elect leaders to lead in this complex world. When they come begging for your vote in the next election, how can they honestly say that they support the Middle Class when the Middle Class can no longer afford to own a home. All of us must write to those with political power demanding an end this form of 21st century feudalism.
Ask each of our Councillors, Mayors, MPPs, MPs, Senators, Ministers and Prime Ministers doing today to resolve this problem?