When the NDP held a press conference outside City Hall last Friday it was to address the shortage of housing in the City of Charlottetown and across P.E.I.
What we want to see is all levels of government - federal, provincial and municipal representatives at the table with cheque books in hand and a commitment to address housing.
Mayor Clifford Lee, “No comment” response is simply not good enough. In 2013 the mayor hosted a housing summit at the Homburg Hotel, produced a $10,000 report on housing that has collected nothing but dust. In 2014, the mayor campaigned on the promise to address affordable, social and accessible housing. He spoke on housing once again on Aug. 5, 2015, again in Dec.18, 2015, again on April 6, 2017, and once again on June 5, 2017.
So the obvious unanswered question is Mr. Mayor, how much money have you committed to housing? The simple answer is absolutely nothing. Yes, while the mayor seemingly has no money for housing, he can spend over $30 million on ditch infilling, $275,000 on a bandshell at Victoria Park, $1.5 million on planting flowers, but he has no money for social programs.
Social, affordable and accessible housing is all of our collective responsibility; to look after one another and provide the basic human rights of all people. We are measured as a society on how we treat our most vulnerable.
Time to come to the table with your chequebook and solutions, Mr. Mayor.
Leader of the NDP,
Prince Edward Island