Byrne says we expect our MP’s to stand up in Ottawa and support housing growth and the needs of people.
Immigration, Population and Skills Minister Gerry Byrne says the federal government won’t be giving us any more to go towards housing. The province is ready to commit to its share of the 5 million dollar ask. Byrne says this is hard to hear since they applied under the Rapid Housing Initiative requesting our share of taxes that have already been paid. He says this is unacceptable and they will be appealing this decision. Byrne says we expect our MP’s to stand up in Ottawa and support housing growth and the needs of people. Furthermore, he says 32 units in Corner Brook are boarded up and need to be torn down.
The Corner Brook MHA wonders how these units ended up this way. He says the die was cast and the damage was done on those social housing units back in 2007. Byrne says that’s when the then PC government knew Dunfield Park was in serious need of an overhaul. Byrne says they commissioned a study on the matter and hid the findings. He says that year, there was a $1.4 billion dollar surplus and very little was put into housing. Meanwhile, Byrne invited the housing Minister and senior executives of NLHC here yesterday to talk about solutions.