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April 25th, 2024

Singh: Justin Trudeau can't be trusted to fix the housing crisis

MONTREAL— On Thursday, Canada’s NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was in Justin Trudeau's riding of Papineau in Montreal where he met with tenants who are feeling the impact of the housing crisis. Following the meeting, Singh called out the Prime Minister's record on housing, going so far as to say that Montrealers could no longer trust him.

“Everyone should have access to safe affordable housing, but unfortunately, it's harder than ever. In 2017, Justin Trudeau promised to solve the housing crisis with his national housing strategy, which he called “historic”. Seven years later, it's a failure across the board,” said Singh. “It's harder than ever to find affordable housing throughout Montreal, including here in Papineau. Justin Trudeau has abandoned the people of his own city.”

After 9 years of Justin Trudeau, rent has tripled in Montreal and evictions have increased by 143 per cent in the last year. Montreal has lost 90,000 affordable homes in 5 years. Trudeau’s so-called strategy financed the construction of overpriced housing—leaving many Montrealers scrambling for a place they can afford.

“Justin Trudeau is trying to make people believe that his new housing plan will solve the problem. People don't believe him anymore, and that's why they want change,” said Singh. “In the next election, they will be able to choose either a Poilievre government that cuts funding for social and affordable housing or an NDP government that invests in building more affordable and social housing, quickly. People need a government that will stop putting the interests of wealthy investors ahead of renters.”