NDP MP GARRISON: Canadians Caught in Housing Crisis Can't Afford to Wait
September 28th, 2018 - 5:13pm
OTTAWA – As Canada faces an unprecedented housing crisis throughout the country, exploding house prices, rising rents, rental housing shortages, long waitlists for non-market housing and increasing homelessness, the NDP is calling on the government for urgent action now. Canadians cannot afford to wait until after the next election for this crisis to be solved.
“The housing crisis in Canada requires urgent action now. The lack of adequate and affordable housing is a national disgrace,” said NDP MP Randall Garrison (Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke). “It’s unacceptable, in a country as wealthy as ours, that so many people are desperate for affordable housing. Waiting until after the next election does nothing for Canadians facing evictions, homelessness and ballooning housing costs today.”
The NDP used their first opposition day of the fall sitting to highlight the fact that measures announced by the Liberal government don’t address the urgency of the situation. The motion calls for the government to immediately bring forward 50% of the funding attached to the government’s housing strategy.
“I checked and not a single penny of funding from the government’s vaunted housing strategy has been spent in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke” added MP Garrison. “People here are being squeezed out of the housing market and can’t afford to wait. Waiting until after the next election will be too late for many people who can't afford for things to get worse. The lack of affordable housing is directly tied to decades of successive funding cuts by Liberal and Conservative governments. The NDP knows Canadians can’t afford to wait, and that’s why we will continue to push the Liberals to roll out funding now.”