Photo courtesy Hansard.

Photo courtesy Hansard.

The NDP government is accusing Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson of being “out of touch” with British Columbians following comments on renting Thursday morning.

The NDP released their response after Wilkinson gave his take on the government’s approach on protecting renters during a budget debate in the legislature, saying he was a renter for 15 years.

“I lived in dozens of rentals. It was challenging at times but it was fun, it was part of growing up and getting better. We’ve all done it,” Wilkinson said.

“It’s kind of a wacky time of life but it can be really enjoyable. Being a renter is a fact of life, it’s a rite of passage.”

“Andrew Wilkinson is showing that he just doesn’t understand the challenges faced by regular British Columbians,” West End – Coal Harbour NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert said in a statement.

“Renting is not just a wacky and fun phase for most people, especially after the BC Liberals let the cost of home ownership skyrocket for years. Now Andrew Wilkinson is proposing to increase rents further, making life even harder and more expensive for renters.”

Wilkinson went to twitter to say he knows what it is like to try and make ends meet and that it’s the government’s job to help people realize their dreams.

“Some people find themselves renters by choice, others not. They are all helped when we support the rental market with co-op housing and ensure there is ample supply,” Wilkinson added.

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