Wow, Dale, just wow. The outgoing president of the CREA is having a bad time in the media lately. And today he made things worse.
Long story short, CREA opens MLS up to allow flat-fee listings by licensed realtors if the local member boards approve the changes locally. The Canadian Competition Bureau responds with "that's a step in the wrong direction" and argues it makes the marketplace less competitive not more (a position I agree with).
Picture this: Dale's having a press conference. The first question gets asked by a reporter about how the changes will affect the members of the CREA (individual agents and member boards like the VREB), Dale responds: “too complicated for anyone but a real estate agent to understand” and then storms out refusing to answer further questions. But not before getting in one last quip: "There's no point in me trying to explain, when in actual fact they make no difference in the way realtors operate their business and no difference to consumers."
And there it is in a nutshell: the CREA just doesn't get it. Consumers want change. The Competition Bureau is advocating for change. And even the outgoing president of the CREA says that the "changes" voted in today aren't really changes at all.
Tribunal here we come.