Singh takes aim at Trudeau during housing announcement
Published Monday, January 21, 2019 3:05PM PST Last Updated Monday, January 21, 2019 3:06PM PST
Jagmeet Singh speaks with the media in southern Burnaby.
Federal NDP leader and candidate for the Burnaby-South riding Jagmeet Singh announced his government's three point plan to address housing affordability across Canada.
Speaking to reporters in southern Burnaby, where he's running in a by-election, Singh said the first part of the NDP's plan would be to build 500,000 affordable homes in the next 10years.
Singh's three point plan would see:
- A federal tax exemption immediately implemented for housing developers that build affordable housing
- Relief provided for Canadians who spend 30 per cent or more on rent via a subsidy
- Increasing the hew home buyer tax credit to $1,500
Taking aim at the federal Liberal government, Singh said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has focused more on providing benefits for wealthy corporations than to lower income Canadians.
"It's clear that people are not the priority," said Singh.
The federal NDP leader suggested his party's proposal was a daring but necessary plan to reject the status quo.
"Canadians demand more, the people of Burnaby-South demand more, and that's why were prepared to commit to these bold actions to actually help people out now," said Singh.
He did not confirm precisely how much money the 10-year plan would invest in housing, saying details of the plan would be rolled out in the future.
Singh used Farrah Gavina, a Burnaby mother of three, as an example of Canadians struggling to find affordable housing.
Gavina, who said she was looking for a new home while their current rental was being renovated, suggested a one bedroom apartment would cost $1,400, while upgrading to a two-bedroom apartment would cost her $2,200 per month in rent.
"It's still small for four people, especially with three young boys in their pre-teens," she told reporters.
While Singh could not provide specifics about the proposed rental subsidy, he confirmed his plan would see the new home buyer tax credit doubled from $750 to cover costs not necessarily included in a bank mortgage.
When asked about what would qualify a home as affordable in reference to his first point, Singh again referred to the salary benchmark.
"We need to make sure that the housing is not going to take more than 30 per centof someone's salary, something that is going to be accessible to the majority of Canadians."