Hilliard MacBeth posted an interesting chart comparing the BIS housing price index data of Australia, Canada, U.S. Germany and Japan. I have mashed it up here adding inset charts of the BIS (Bank of International Settlements) debt service ratios and debt to GDP. Here is Hilliard's original post from December 9, 2016.
And the charts left are from the OECD via the IMF showing the recent ranking of cities with respect to house price to rent and house price to income ratios.
Canadians in Vancouver and Toronto are up against extreme increases in housing costs and no doubt conversations around the kitchen table probably include migration to more affordable housing jurisdictions and employment opportunities.
Hilliard MacBeth makes the point that in Germany there is a much higher population density than in Canada "Munich is more than 4 times as dense as Toronto and 5 times more packed than Vancouver." and that "In Canada, home ownership is at record high levels of about 70 percent, similar to the U.S. in 2005, while in Germany comparable numbers are 45 percent."
The idea of development land scarcity and the current regime of letting the market place dictate land values in Canada is of course absurd. We need reform, not a wild west of house flippers, money laundering and consumption at any cost.
I covered this observation in early 2014 with my post of "German Housing", and I regularily publish the census density of Canada as well. The point is really about the Social Contract we should be developing. We have an under supply of affordable housing in Canada because we the electorate do not have representation.
The housing and bond bubbles are reflections of the ignorance bubble that we the electorate are in and it's not likely to change.
The last two properties of Umberto Eco's list of 14 that define fascist ideology are cogent to our predicament:
"Selective Populism" – The People, conceived monolithically, have a Common Will, distinct from and superior to the viewpoint of any individual. As no mass of people can ever be truly unanimous, the Leader holds himself out as the interpreter of the popular will (though truly he dictates it). Fascists use this concept to delegitimize democratic institutions they accuse of "no longer represent[ing] the Voice of the People."
"Newspeak" – Fascism employs and promotes an impoverished vocabulary in order to limit critical reasoning.
Critical thinking might as well be outlawed in the new world order of truthiness.