Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): – Mr. Speaker in 2010 Vancouver will host the Olympics with much fanfare, but unless immediate action is taken, the number of homeless people on the street will triple, according to a report by PIVOT Legal Society.

Low income residents are being evicted at an alarming rate in the Downtown Eastside, with over 800 single rooms lost in three years.

Abysmal poverty welfare rates means people are destined to stay homeless, destitute and without support.

It is astounding that the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Games (VANOC), offered $500,000 to clear the streets for two weeks during the Olympics. I guess they don’t care about the before and after.

Why has the Conservative government ignored the critical need to fund a national, sustainable, social housing program?

The bottom line must be for the three levels of government to make affordable housing a priority.

Income splitting won’t help those on the streets.

Tax cuts won’t build housing.

The Olympics is Canada’s showcase to the world.

Will it also be the “shame” of a wealthy country that denies the basic necessities of life to its poorest citizens?