Speaking Out on Housing

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, why is that after three years and $300 million to solve homelessness we still have a national disaster and no social housing? Why is it that a baby is born on cold concrete in the middle of winter because there is no safe housing for women and kids? Why is it that life on minimum wage means poverty and despair?

Quality of life and human dignity used to mean something in this country. Why have the Liberals abandoned this and what does the Prime Minister say to these Canadians who are still out in the cold, still homeless and still poor?

Hon. Claudette Bradshaw (Minister of Labour, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, on the homelessness file the community organization across the country has worked. I have to say that we have gotten away from shelter beds and into transitional housing.

As for housing, the government has put $680 million into housing. The provinces are spending that money as we speak. There is still a lot of work to do but I can say that through partnerships with provincial governments, municipalities and communities we are making a difference in the country.

This Question Period Transcript was posted on January 29, 2003