NDP Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) made the following statement on the retirement of FRAPRU coordinator François Saillant :

“Today, the movement for the right to housing in Quebec and Canada says goodbye to a great man and long-time activist. Over the course of his 38 year career with the Front d’action populaire en réaménagement urbain, François Saillant fought tirelessly for the right to housing, social housing and defended the most vulnerable people in our society.

I had the opportunity to work with François Saillant on a number of files. Even when our approaches differed, I truly appreciated his extensive knowledge of the community and the issues. I know for a fact that the activist will never be far away, but I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank him for the tremendous work he accomplished over the years and wish him all the best in his retirement.

New Democrats believe that housing should be recognized as a right in Canada and that the federal government has a role to play in ensuring the full realization of this right, by investing in affordable social housing. We will continue to work towards this and to bring the issues that mattered so much to this great man to Ottawa. Thank you François!”

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