Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the new Liberal national housing strategy is a once-in-a-generation, 40-billion-dollar vision.
The strategy includes building 100,000 more units, the creation of a federal housing advocate and legislating a right to housing.
However, Skeena Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen says none of the promised money will even start flowing until after the next election.
He says the announcement seems to be more about politics than policy.
Cullen says Indigenous communities, including many in the Northwest, will be especially disappointed in Wednesday’s announcement, which he says dismisses Indigenous homelessness as ‘the next chapter’ and an ‘additional conversation’ that must wait for a targeted housing strategy.
The Liberals say the strategy includes $40-billion in spending over 10 years, but the math includes almost 10-billion in planned spending, repurposes $4.8-billion and then relies heavily on provinces and territories adding billions in matching funds.
(with files from the Canadian Press)