NDP HOLDS FIRST PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON HOUSING: CONSERVATIVES MUST TAKE ACTION

MONTREAL — New Democrat Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet  kicked off her Canadian tour with a public consultation in Montreal Thursday night. Testimonies gathered will lay the foundations for the party’s policy on this important issue for the 2015 elections.
The first of a series of public consultations was attended by MPs Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont-Petite-Patrie) and Hélène Laverdière (Laurier-Ste-Marie). “Access to adequate, affordable housing is a fundamental right that the government must protect,” said Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga).
To over a hundred citizens from all walks of life, New Democrats said that 260,000 Quebec households are currently in need of subsidized housing. But the Conservative government’s last federal budget didn’t set aside any funding. Worse, existing subsidies for social housing weren’t renewed and there’s no indication that Conservatives intend to deal with this problem. 
“Social housing helps people to reintegrate into society and maintain an acceptable quality of life,” said Boulerice. “Citizens expect the government to take its responsibilities in this matter.”
“We must renovate existing social housing and invest in building new ones quickly,” said Laverdière.
In the coming year, Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet will travel the country to consult the public on the issue of housing, which will inspire the NDP’s national housing strategy. By Christmas, she’ll have visited numerous parts of Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia.
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