October 6th, 2015

What is Trudeau promising to spend on affordable housing?

Liberal platform fails to reveal details of spending plans on the critical Housing file

Justin Trudeau unveiled his platform yesterday, but instead of clarifying his Housing offer, he confirmed fears that cities will have absolutely no clarity on what he plans to invest. Canadians deserve a clear answer to a simple question: What exactly is Justin Trudeau promising to invest in Housing?”

“Canadian cities are facing a crisis of affordable housing. Our cities need predictable, stable funding dedicated to address this crisis,” said NDP candidate Matthew Kellway (Beaches – East York). “Liberals claim that Housing will be covered by their so-called ‘historic investment,’ but their full platform shows that this was actually a historic deception.”

Back in August, Liberals announced their light-on-detail plan to invest in ‘social’ infrastructure, which put Housing in a spending-envelope shared with up to a half-dozen other priorities. But instead of clarifying what their Housing investment would add up to, their full platform only confirmed that the details will be kept under wraps.

“The Housing crisis affects Canadian municipalities of all sizes, and any plans to address it can’t just be lumped into a grab-bag under ministerial discretion that includes a raft of other promises,” said NDP candidate Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga). “Justin Trudeau needs to come clean about exactly how much Housing money cash-strapped cities would be able to count on from a Liberal administration.”

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has announced clear, transparent plans for significant investments in Housing that will deliver stable, predictable, long-term funding, with no cuts.