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Anxiety about real estate prices, particularly in Metro Vancouver communities, is going to consume a lot of oxygen in the cavernous hall where B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong will lay out his government’s budget to reporters and stakeholders on Tuesday.

Affordability, in many parts of British Columbia, is a much broader issue than the price of urban real estate. It’s the cost of child care, it’s rising food prices, it’s the challenge of finding a place to rent in cities where vacancy rates hover just a hair’s breadth above zero.

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