Libby asks the Conservative government to aid housing affordability

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP) :
Mr. Speaker, soon the dream of buying a house will be out of reach for middle-class Canadians.

In B.C., the median price of a home is over $400,000, while the average family income is only $68,000.

Yet the Conservatives' only plan is to cut a billion dollars next year. These cuts also eliminate funds for social housing, aboriginal housing and seniors in need.

Why is this government cutting funds for housing when it is so desperately needed?

Mr. Ed Komarnicki (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour, CPC) :
Mr. Speaker, we did not cut funding to housing. In fact, under the economic action plan we had $2 billion for housing to ensure that there are houses built both for seniors and for those who are disabled. The New Democratic Party did not support those initiatives. In fact, it should be supporting initiatives like that.

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP) :
Mr. Speaker, maybe the parliamentary secretary should read his own government estimates because the bottom line is the Conservatives are not helping middle-class Canadians.

In Vancouver, the average price of a two-storey home is a million bucks. That is 10% higher than last year. Prices have also jumped close to 10% in Regina, Halifax and St. John's.

The housing crisis is real and it is hitting more and more people.

When will this government stop dragging its feet and adopt the New Democrat's plan for a national housing strategy?

Mr. Ed Komarnicki (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour, CPC) :
Mr. Speaker, there are over 12,000 housing projects across the country that the NDP did not support this particular government in undertaking. Now it is talking about what we are doing for housing. In fact, we had a number of tax initiatives and tax reductions. We put over $3,000 in the pockets of every Canadian family of four that that particular party did not support and did not even care to read the budget to see what was in it.

This Question Period Transcript was posted on March 3, 2011