NEW DEMOCRATS STRONGLY OPPOSED TO HPS CHANGES

MONTREAL — As a large protest wound its way through Montreal, the New Democrat Housing Critic, Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga), took the time to reiterate her strong opposition to the changes made to the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).

Since the last Conservative budget tabled in March, the New Democrat Critic has been standing up against the unilateral changes made to the program, which put at risk all the services and expertise developed throughout the last 30 years. For example, the Projet Chez soi shows that a successful move to a permanent housing unit only works when backed by a strong support network. It is therefore impossible to maintain the same level of services with only 35% of a budget that was already insufficient in the first place.

“As usual, the Conservatives implemented a reform without consulting the main actors involved,” said Boutin-Sweet. “By putting all our eggs in one basket, the federal government will destroy the  services offered to the homeless that Quebec has worked hard to develop over the last 30 years.”

Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet is continuing her country-wide tour on housing and will be visiting Saskatoon and Regina to consult stakeholders in order to develop a New Democrat backed national housing strategy.

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