Leaky Housing Co-ops

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, thousands of British Columbians are living in leaky housing co-ops and face building envelope failure, unhealthy mold and fungi, and to add insult to injury, they have had to deal with a federal agency, CMHC, that has been incredibly difficult to deal with. I would like to ask the Minister Responsible for Housing and CMHC if he will ensure that fair financial help is available to these families who are tired of fighting? Will he commit that they will not face eviction and that their homes will be fixed and they will be healthy to live in? Will he do that?

Hon. Steve Mahoney (Secretary of State (Selected Crown Corporations), Lib.): Mr. Speaker, our government, in cooperation with the province of British Columbia, invested $27.7 million to help people with leaky co-ops and leaky condos in British Columbia. We are well aware of the serious nature of this problem. We are working and talking with the federal co-op foundation to find other ways to help these folks so that they can live in homes that are healthy and comfortable for their families.

This Question Period Transcript was posted on June 13, 2003
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