â€œYear after year, the Trudeau government tells Canadians to wait for action on affordable housing. Meanwhile this government hands out billions in corporate tax giveaways and spends billions more on the Trans Mountain pipeline project. And today, the Prime Minister showed he doesnâ€™t understand what people are going through by voting against a plan to bring immediate relief for those facing the crisis,â€� said NDP Finance Critic, Peter Julian, MP (New Westminster â€“ Burnaby). â€œTake Sarah, for example. Sheâ€™s a nurse with three children struggling to find affordable housing in Burnaby, BC. The only places she can find will take her entire paycheque â€“ leaving no money for food, for heat, for clothes, for transportation or for anything else. If the Liberal government made different choices, we could bring relief to all Canadians, like Sarah, and start building new affordable housing units in this yearâ€™s budget. Mr. Trudeau calls the housing situation a crisis; but when itâ€™s time for him to act with urgency, he fails to do so.â€�
The NDPâ€™s motion called on Trudeauâ€™s Liberal government to act with urgency and create 500,000 units of quality, affordable housing within ten years, and commit in Budget 2019 to completing 250,000 of those units within five years, but it was voted down by the Liberal government.
â€œVarious governments have neglected the housing crisis or made things worse by cutting our housing programs. If we take bold action we can turn things around but it means we need to use every tool in our tool box, starting right away,â€� added Julian. â€œItâ€™s disappointing to see Liberal Members of Parliament failing to stand up for the people in their riding by voting against measures that bring relief to those faced with the housing crisis right away. Everyone in New Westminster â€“ Burnaby, and across Canada, should have a safe and affordable place to call home.â€�
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