MONTRÉAL — Today, New Democrat Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) released the report from her cross-Canada housing tour. After a three-year tour of more than thirty communities, Boutin-Sweet reports that the situation is devastating.

“Throughout Canada, I met tenants who had to choose between paying rent and buying groceries. In a country as wealthy as ours, this situation is unacceptable,” said Boutin-Sweet. “Housing is a right for all of us and eliminating poverty starts with ensuring that everyone has a roof over their head.”

Concerned by the lack of funding for social housing and cautious commitments in the last Liberal budget, Boutin-Sweet intends to re-table her motion on social housing to protect federal investments. She will also table two bills – one recognizing the right to housing and the other to establish a national housing strategy in close collaboration with all levels of government and civil society organizations.

“Investing in housing isn’t an expense – it’s an investment in individuals, communities, society and the economy as a whole. That’s why I think the recommendations in my report must be considered as soon as possible by the government,” said Boutin-Sweet.

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