IN THE HOUSE ~ Member's Statement ~ on Housing

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, in Burnaby--New Westminster and across the lower mainland the lack of affordable housing is causing a crisis.

Across Canada hundreds of thousands of Canadians are without homes and many more families are in a precarious state where keeping a roof over their heads is becoming a greater and greater challenge.

Given that two-thirds of Canadian families have lost income since 1989 the housing crisis is inextricably linked to the income crisis that Canadians are experiencing.

Canada needs a strong federal housing program, sufficient investment for social and cooperative housing which would help people meet their basic needs: sufficient healthy food, clean and safe housing, footwear and clothing for each season.

Affordable housing is a human right. It is a right of all Canadians. It is time the government stopped shovelling money at corporate CEOs and started providing housing and hope to Canadians.