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October 20, 2020

Makeshift Camps : Official Opposition Urges Government to Take Action


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The MNA representing Bourassa-Sauvé and Liberal Critic for Social Solidarity and the Fight Against Poverty, Ms. Paule Robitaille, accompanied by the MNA representing Vaudreuil and Liberal Critic for Housing, Ms. Marie-Claude Nichols, and by the MNA representing Mont-Royal-Outremont and Liberal Critic for the Metropolis, Mr. Pierre Arcand, is once again asking the CAQ government to take action regarding the makeshift camps in Montreal.

The Official Opposition reiterated its worries and concerns about the health and safety of people who find themselves homeless as the cold season approaches. The government needs to take strong action which includes offering immediate assistance to the organizations that promote access to social housing and prevent other people from falling into greater precariousness.

The situation experienced by the dozens of people who put up these tents as homes is inhumane in a society such as ours. The cold will be here soon and we must collectively work together on the issues of homelessness and on the housing crisis that affects families here. We must take upstream action to avoid more people finding themselves in the street. These people want a roof, social housing.

–Ms. Paule Robitaille, the MNA representing Bourassa-Sauvé and Liberal Critic for Social Solidarity and the Fight Against Poverty.

The housing crisis already affected many people and families before the pandemic and it has been exacerbated since July 1st. Not to mention the fact that the budgets for the Accès-Logis Program have been significantly reduced. The CAQ is nonetheless very far away from its promise to build 15,000 new social housing units in Quebec. We hope that the situation improves quickly.

–Ms. Marie-Claude Nichols, MNA representing Vaudreuil and Liberal Critic for Housing.

Montreal is the epicentre of Quebec’s housing crisis. Recall that in 2019 we proposed a tax for international real-estate investors so that the government could reinvest those sums, in particular in social housing.

–Mr. Pierre Arcand, MNA representing Mont-Royal-Outremont and Liberal Critic for the Metropolis.