If they are brought to power, the new Democrats will ensure that federal land is given priority for the construction of social and affordable housing. to counteract the housing crisis, as in Peel Basin, in Montreal.
For his announcement on Wednesday, the leader of the New Democratic Party was Jagmeet Singh in Pointe-Saint-Charles, near Peel Basin, where a construction project for the baseball stadium for the return of a professional team is under construction.
This project, led by real estate developer Devimco and investment firm Claridge, which also provides businesses and housing, has been criticized of community organizations, which require space for new social housing.
A criticism that the new Democrats fully support.
The housing crisis is hitting hard across the country, but especially here in Montreal, where we have people who cannot find affordable housing. It is impossible for young people and young families to find anything. They are often forced to moveMr. Singh sa.
We must use these federal states to work with non-profit organizations to develop social and affordable housing.“, He continued.
But instead, it seems that Justin Trudeau will prioritize giving these areas to a wealthy developer, someone who has ties to the Liberal Party.“, He added in English and referred to the businessman Stephen Bronfman, who owns Claridge and who carries this stadium project, but who is also the main fundraiser for the Liberal Party of Canada.
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NDP laws construction of 500,000 social and affordable housing units in the country in 10 years, which will require an injection of 10 billion dollars, Mr. Singh specifies.
“Organizers can find other reasons for a stadium”
What does he offer as an alternative solution for baseball fans who want a team to return to the metropolis and the associated economic benefits?
We support the idea, I know it’s so popular in Montreal, of bringing Expos back here, a professional baseball team. It’s a good idea, we support itHe said.
But for me, the choice is clear […]. I do not help private groups build a stadium. We must always use federal land to help people, to invest in social and affordable housing. There are other reasons private groups can find other places to build a stadium», He maintains.
A journalist wanted to know what his training was like to encourage developers to build social housing.
Mr. Singh replied that one of the tools would be a GST exception when the developer meets all the criteria for affordable housing. On large projects, it makes a big differenceHe assures us.
We will also establish partnerships with non-profit organizations, housing associations», In addition to working with the provinces and territories.
We are ready to do everything we can to combat this housing crisis“, Concludes the NDP leader.