During Question Period recently local MP Niki Ashton brought up the housing crisis in Northern Manitoba and across the country. She said that 85 percent of First Nations in Manitoba report mould in their homes and houses are often overcrowded.
She asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau if he knows that the housing crisis is literally making people sick and when the Liberal Government will move from talking to taking action to address the housing crisis.
Prime Minister Trudeau responded to Ashton’s question by saying that when they got elected in 2015 they heard loudly and clearly from Canadians that they wanted a renewal of the relationship and investments in Indigenous people to close the gaps and inequalities that exist in Canada something they have been committed to doing since the very beginning.
Trudeau went on to say that they have lifted 78 long term boil water advertises in indigenous communities, opened hundreds of new schools, invested in new health centres, and they are investing in a number of new housing units across the country in indigenous communities.
Ashtons MP Report Stated that the Liberal Government voted against a plan aimed to bring immediate relief to Canadians in these communities affected by the housing crisis and even though the Liberal government calls the housing situation a crisis they don’t act on it when they should. Instead they give billions in corporate tax giveaways.
The NDP’s motion called on the government to act with urgency and create 500,000 units of affordable housing within ten years and commit in the budget to completing 250.000 of these units within five years.