HANSARD: Will the Liberal government stop siding with Conservatives and commit to doubling Canada’s social housing stock?

House of Commons Hansard #247 of the 44th Parliament, 1st Session
Oral Questions
November 6th, 2023 / 2:25 p.m.

Jenny Kwan Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, for three decades, Liberals and Conservatives relied on the private market, and now the average rent for a one-bedroom is $2,500 a month. The government's own housing advocate is calling for more community housing that fits people's budgets, and the Bank of Canada says that investing in social housing would not be inflationary.

The Conservative leader is calling investment in social housing a “Soviet-style takeover”. He is in it for wealthy investors.

The Liberals are failing Canadians. Will the Prime Minister stop siding with Conservatives and commit to doubling Canada's social housing stock?

Sean Fraser Minister of Housing

Mr. Speaker, I agree wholeheartedly with my colleague about the Conservative leader's rhetoric about “Soviet-style” housing to describe co-operatives. It mirrors the same approach he took over the course of the summer when he labelled a Niagara woman's home a “shack”. Dismissing the living quarters of ordinary Canadians is entirely inappropriate.

I further agree with the NDP member that we need to continue to make the kinds of investments that will build more social housing for low-income families. We got back into this game with the national housing strategy after 30 years of absence. We are going to continue to build more homes so that everyone can afford a roof over their head.


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