Correction: Federal government WILL review leaky condo crisis

Seems to be lots of leaky condo news lately – the federal governments review of the lower mainlands leaky condo crisis is back on:

“Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t break his election promise to review the federal government’s alleged culpability in the $1.5 billion leaky condo disaster, a federal official said Monday.

A spokeswoman for Human Resources Minister Diane Finley said a new option has emerged since the minister wrote to owners in July saying it would be inappropriate for the government to even consider initiating a review while the issue is before the courts.”

I wonder if they got many complaints after news broke that they were unable to carry through on their election promise to review the leaky condo situation here. Whatever happened I think that a lot of people in affected buildings around Vancouver will be pleased with this turn of events, particularly if it leads to some sort of future solution. For a ‘world-class’ city Vancouver has some pretty awful architecture and some suprisingly shoddy construction, lets hope this gets us moving in the right direction.

This renewed claim to look into the leaky condo crisis is pretty vague at this point, hopefully some more specific information will be forthcoming:

“We’re currently studying options as to how we can proceed without compromising current legal proceedings, as we have recently learned that there may exist review options that will not interfere in these proceedings,” Colleen Cameron, Finley’s director of communications, wrote in an e-mail to The Vancouver Sun today.

“Unfortunately, I can not provide detail about these options at this time-only assure you that we remain committed to a review.”

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Am I the only one who is looking forward to a Hurricane Katrina type disaster so we can clean house and get things on the right track. 😉


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