Ottawa – NDP Libby Davies (MP Vancouver East) has been named the NDP’s Spokesperson for Housing and Homelessness.
“Fighting for adequate and safe housing is the reason I got involved in politics over 30 years ago,” said Davies. “With my bill for a National Housing Strategy before the House, and my experience with the issues, I welcome the opportunity to take on this portfolio.”
Davies, who has held the portfolio in the past, has taken over Housing and Homelessness again after a shift in responsibilities following the departure of veteran Winnipeg MP, Judy Wasylycia-Leis.
“There has been a growing housing crisis since the federal Liberal government backed away from national programs in the 1990s,” said Davies. “At least 1.5 million Canadians are in core housing need, paying more than 30% of their income on housing. Fewer and fewer families can afford skyrocketing market prices and the homelessness count is anywhere between 150,000 and 300,000 people. This is unacceptable for such a wealthy nation as Canada,” said Davies.
“My first priority is to pass my bill for a National Housing Strategy, C-304, and work with all levels of government, aboriginal communities and civil society stakeholders to focus our efforts and resources on addressing Canada’s housing crisis.”
Libby Davies is the NDP House Leader and Deputy Leader, and has held several critic positions for the NDP, including Housing, Labour, and Citizenship and Immigration.