February 26th, 2024

New Democrats say housing policy must address needs of lower-income households

By Mickey Djuric, The Canadian Press on January 24, 2024.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks to media while kicking off the NDP caucus retreat in Edmonton Alberta, on Monday January 22, 2024. Federal New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh says former U.S. president Donald Trump is completely in his own world, and if he makes it to the White House it could spell trouble for Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

EDMONTON – Federal New Democrats are seeking guidance from local Edmonton people who the party says are on the front lines of Canada’s housing crisis.

The city declared a state of emergency earlier this month amid a higher rate of homelessness following the COVID-19 pandemic.

NDP members of Parliament met today with local housing experts to seek suggestions for how Ottawa can address the housing needs of lower-income households.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says Liberal and Conservative housing policies favour private development to fix Canada’s housing shortage.

But he says the government also needs to find ways to invest in non-profit housing, purpose-built rentals and co-operative housing.

The party’s mental-health critic Gord Johns says the free market can’t be trusted to solve the country’s affordability crisis and more solutions are needed.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2024.

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