New Democrats vow to push for swift action on housing as caucus meets in Ottawa

2023-09-06 08:00:00  • 4 mins

NDP caucus chair and housing critic Jenny Kwan said New Democrats will use their leverage with the Liberals to ensure the government'sfall economic statement promises swiftactiononthe housing crisis.

"We need ...real commitments in the fall economic statement for the government to understand the crisis that is there with respect to the housing situation," Kwan said.

The housing crisis will be high on the agendawhen the New Democratcaucus meets in Ottawa today ahead of what's expected to be a busy parliamentary sitting.

No date has been announced for the release of the fall economic statement, which provides a snapshot of government spending and the outlook for the Canadian economy. Suchstatements also can contain new spending measures.

Kwan said the NDP will press the Liberals to expand the not-for-profit housing market and build more housing co-operatives. She said New Democratsalso will pressure the federal government to change the initiatives that accompany the national housing strategy, which she said have not been "particularly effective."

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