Speaking Out on Housing and Poverty

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the government claims to be committed to affordable housing and ending homelessness. Yet one year after the housing agreement was signed, homeless Canadians are as desperate as ever and no housing is in sight. The government can’t even get the numbers right, yesterday citing 14,000 according to the census count when in reality the number is 250,000 homeless Canadians.

How many more frozen bodies do there have to be, before the government comes to its senses to end homelessness and house Canadians, as it promised to do repeatedly, but has failed on?

Hon. Claudette Bradshaw (Minister of Labour, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I am very happy to see that Statistics Canada is providing us with the numbers that we need. We have a lot of community agencies that are already giving us the numbers that we need. I have to say that under the homelessness call we have built several transitional and support houses and that community groups and the private sector are very happy with the way that it is going.