November 23rd, 2012

New Democrats call on Conservatives to address Canadian housing crisis

Boutin-Sweet in Halifax to attend housing and homelessness conference and hold town hall

The Canadian government has the moral obligation to invest in affordable housing in its next budget, said NDP Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet at the Annual Housing and Homelessness Conference in Halifax.

“With a growing number of homeless people and long delays in obtaining access to safe, adequate and affordable housing, the government must stop ignoring the problem,” said Boutin-Sweet who attended this important event as part of her Canada-wide tour on access to housing. “It’s the best way to help those most in need.”

Boutin-Sweet also called on the Conservatives to support the NDP's proposal for a National Housing Strategy to coordinate accessible housing efforts across the country.

“The community-centered and collaborative approach is at the heart of my work,” she said. “I look forward to discussing this issue. By working together, we will succeed in building a fairer society.”

While in Nova Scotia, Boutin-Sweet is also organising a public assembly on housing at the North Dartmouth Community Centre with Dartmouth – Cole Harbour MP Robert Chisholm on Friday afternoon and will visit Kentville Community College tomorrow.