On Sept. 12, the first full day of the election campaign, Evan Siddall, president and chief executive of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., downed his sword.
“For anyone calling for my reactions, it is inappropriate for me to offer comments on policy during an election campaign,” Siddall tweeted on the day the Liberals offered their contribution to what would become a potluck of housing sops. “As a civil servant, I have a duty to remain impartial to the democratic process.”
That was great news for the real-estate lobby, with which Siddall, a former investment banker, has dueled repeatedly since accepting his current assignment in 2014.
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