Newmarket-Aurora’s former MP and now Liberal candidate, Tony Van Bynen, told us affordable housing would be one of his top priorities.

But the record shows he hasn't mentioned it in the House of Commons in almost two years.

Except once to say it was a priority.

I was hoping he would have explained by now the difference between “affordable rental housing” and “attainable rental housing”. (See right from his flyer) 

Is affordable housing attainable?

Is attainable housing affordable?

If attainable housing is affordable why not just say affordable?


Van Bynen made his first speech in the House of Commons on 11 December 2019 when he told fellow MPs that climate change, affordable housing, infrastructure funding, health care and a need for a long-term fiscal plan would be his priorities. He had earlier told CTV news that “preserving local heritage” would also be a priority. 

The Parliament of Canada website’s search engine allows constituents to find out what their MP has said and done in Ottawa and what their priorities are.

I see two references to climate change (on 20 April 2020) and one on infrastructure (on 26 January 2021). There are multiple references to health as Van Bynen sits on the Health Committee whose agenda has been dominated by the Covid crisis. There are no references to local heritage.

The 43rd Parliament has, of course, been atypical with virtual votes and virtual speeches. The pandemic has turned the world upside down.

After his election in October 2019 Van Bynen took a while to find his feet. That's fair enough.

But, after two years, perhaps he can tell us what his priorities now are and if they've changed. And, if so, why?

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