'We know we can do a lot more': NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh promised to build 500,000 new affordable homes across Canada if his party forms the next government. Read more about the announcement here:
The NDP is promising to build 500,000 new affordable homes across the country in 10 years, if elected.
Published Tuesday, September 17, 2019 9:15AM EDTLast Updated Tuesday, September 17, 2019 1:30PM EDTSHAREOTTAWA -- Jagmeet Singh continued his push to win progressive votes on Tuesday by promising an NDP government would invest billions of dollars in affordable housing to help Canadians struggling to make ends meet.
The commitment was the NDP's latest pledge to expand social programs. The party's promises have included universal pharmacare and free tuition for post-secondary education while promising higher taxes on large corporations and the wealthy.Watch Singh promise to prioritize affordable housing
Yet Singh also deflected questions about how and when an NDP government would tackle the federal deficit, saying only that he would make different choices from Justin Trudeau's Liberals and that his priority is helping Canadians now."We want to take the budget very seriously, and we'll look at what that means in the future," Singh said during a campaign event at a non-profit housing complex in downtown Ottawa, a few kilometres from Parliament Hill.
"But right now our priority's investing in some of the crises that people are going through."Sign up for our Election Dispatch newsletter for a daily campaign updateSingh's stop in the capital on Tuesday meant a return to Ontario, where he spent the first few days of the campaign before a tour of western Quebec over the weekend. He was in Ottawa Centre, where Liberal Catherine McKenna defeated New Democrat Paul Dewar in 2015. The seat has historically flipped back and forth between the Liberals and the NDP.
After kicking a soccer ball with some children, Singh announced that an NDP government would build 500,000 new affordable homes over 10 years, starting with an immediate investment of $5 billion."Our priorities are the people behind me, the families who need affordable housing, the people who tell me that they cannot find a place to live," Singh said during the low-key campaign event before attacking the Liberals' record.
The NDP leader cited a report by parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux in June that found under the Liberals' plan, spending on affordable housing is slated to fall as a percentage of the economy over the next decade.While the actual dollar figure is set to increase, Giroux found federal spending on housing is slated to decline from 0.13 per cent of Canada's gross domestic product in 2017-18 to 0.11 per cent in 2027-28.
"We hear Mr. Trudeau talk about there is a housing crisis with more of those pretty words," Singh said. "You know, acknowledging the problem, but then when it comes to the actual solving of the problem, empty promises."Yet Singh was hard-pressed to say where he would find $5 billion for affordable housing in the first year of his mandate, and instead pointed to the Liberal government having found billions to pay for corporate tax cuts and the Keystone XL pipeline.
Singh painted the $4.5 billion for the pipeline and $14 billion in corporate tax cuts, which the government has said were needed to help Canadian companies compete with U.S. competitors following similar cuts down south, as a handout to the wealthy.Some experts have said such a characterization is misleading as it does not acknowledge how ordinary Canadians might benefit, too, by driving investment in the country and getting Canadian oil to more lucrative markets.
"When something is a priority, Mr. Trudeau seems to go out and do it," said Singh. "But it hasn't been a priority to make people's lives better. We believe our priority should be investing in people, investing in housing, and that's what we're going to do."
While Singh noted his previous promises to hike taxes on corporations and the wealthy, close various tax loopholes and crack down on tax evasion, he indicated all revenues from those measures will be put into social programs."With these measures we're going to increase revenue and we're going to use the revenue towards programs that actually invest in our country," he said of the tax hikes and other initiatives. "We know that if we invest in people, we build a better future."
Both the New Democrats and Conservatives promised in the last federal election to run balanced budgets if elected, while the Liberals were elected on a promise to run modest deficits during the first few years of their mandate before returning to balance.
In the three full fiscal years since the Liberals came to power, however, the federal government has posted $52 billion worth of shortfalls even though the economy has had a solid run of growth.Ahead of next month's election, the Liberals have laid out projections calling for five more years of deficits of at least $10 billion. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is promising to pull Canada out of the red in about five years.
Green Leader Elizabeth May has also committed to returning Canada to budgetary balance in five years. Maxime Bernier's new People's Party of Canada is the only political party that's promised a quick path to balanced books -- within two years.
If you like extremist dictators then vote for this guy! Ya sure. You are NOT building 500,000 homes for $5 Billion. You can keep repeating this, with broadcast graphics, it still isn’t going to happen. Try $50 Billion, or more. With politicians making promises, so ridiculous and attractive, what are the chances true & real issues will get addressed or corrected anytime soon. climate corruption taxes cdnpoli
Really? Where is all this money coming from? Let me guess, my taxes? Fabulous ideas but we as the middle class can no longer pay the taxes! Nope ! I dont think canadians trust politicians any more. NDP failed in making JustinTrudeau accountable - it didnt stand up and above all NDP has become home business with family members coming on board.
With whos Money Could not count beyond 500k.. and the contracts to build these homes go to NDP members or financiers.. novel way to earn kick backs 👏 'We know we can do a lot more' if only we have a lot more to do with. talking about imaginary money won’t get us anywhere 500k new affordable homes? And a hospital 😂
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh The Candidate who will NEVER BE Prime Minister of Canada 🇨🇦 If only it was as simple as that........why hasn't anyone else thought of this JUST build more houses.......one for everyone. Easy peasey.... N. D . P e e a v p r e e t r n y d a b l e 500,000 homes x $200,000 per house = $100 billion Makes the LPC & CPC promises look like peanuts.
communism doesnt work jagmeet Here’s how that stacks up How about send everyone a fat check in the mail to help out. Somebody put Jagmeet's photo instead of this adorable little girl... When you have NO HOPE of forming a government, you can promise anything. It's so easy spending other people's money. Canadians do not need more taxes. 🍁
Money pit Singh. 'Vote for me and you'll get to pay 500,000 homes worth of new taxes.' No thanks. fakenews where’s the money coming from? Who are these houses being built for? Does this mean Canada is paying to build houses and then sell them? Amir is glad his elderly, sickly parents will have free place to stay when they immigrate to take advantage - errr, receive Canadian health care. Truly the land of opportunity!
Starting to visualize the first episode of the new HGTV series: Jag the Builder. Could Canada afford to build 500000 affordable units Did anyone ask him how he plans to pay for this?
LIVE: NDP Leader Singh makes announcementNDP Leader Jagmeet Singh makes an announcement and speaks to reporters, LIVE NOW. And nobody cared Hurry up and finish, schreer needs to get ideas to make a plan NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh makes another STUPID SOCIALIST announcement on how to DESTROY Canada’s ECONOMY I shall pass and then VOTE 🗳 for the CPC on October 21/19
Jagmeet Singh wanted to ‘show an openness’ to Quebec with ad displaying him without a turbanThe NDP ad, which was voiced completely in French, aimed to gather supporters in the francophone province. Singh has long been a critic of Quebec's secularism law, Bill 21, which prevents the wearing of religious wear, including that of turbans, in positions of authority. I'm just curious, If they don't wear it, does God ban them from heaven? If so, is that a God worth worshiping? Seems odd God would have a dress code for people he gave free will to... If a 👨 came to you and said he heard a man in the sky but you couldn't, is it true? I’d wear a turban too if I had hair like that.... If u keep on wearing that u will lost u r hair
Canada election: Promises Trudeau, Scheer, Singh, May and Blanchet have madeHere are the latest cdnpoli promises from the major federal party leaders. cdnpoli elxn43 You might as well just start including MaximeBernier to your articles! People want to hear a real debate. Not a a bunch of payed off, social justice, climate alarmist propaganda leaders arguing over their inability to lead and who to blame. Canada has the greatest leader in the world !! The whole world loves and respects Trudeau the only people against Trudeau Canada and the world are the conservatives!! Well! I think AndrewScheer is keeping his promises to continue lying to Canadians! Aho! ChooseForward ScheerLies elxn43 CanadaVotes
NDP promises to build 500,000 new affordable homes in 10 yearsThe NDP is promising to build 500,000 new affordable homes across the country in 10 years, if elected. What’s the definition of affordable housing? I pay 1200$ for a bachelors suite....Is this affordable housing! I would like to know what theJagmeetSingh thinks Affordable housing means, like what would rent look like in those buildings? The $5billion is coming from taxing corporations which will impact jobs and tax money flowing back to the govt. useless commie nut So taxpayers have to house those who choose not to work.....
Jagmeet Singh pledges to build 500,000 new affordable homes in 10 years Jagmeet Singh said the economy is doing well, but not for everyone, and criticized the Liberals for not spending enough on affordable housing . cdnpoli elxn43 He isn't wrong. 🤷🏻♀️ Tell him the economy took 4 years to fix, even while fighting a trade war. First things first. The housing will come but not if you don't ChooseForward!!! elxn43 he isn't wrong n if it weren't as tight of an election he'd get my vote but given Scheer has a real chance I refuse to throw away a vote on a 3rd party. I'm already suffering under Ford
Lilly Singh raps, mocks late-night TV’s whiteness in debut of ‘A Little Late’'I know you're used to only Jimmys in the spotlight but I'm going to throw some melanin up in your late night,' Lilly Singh raps as she hangs a photo of herself up on the wall beside Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. Waste of time. 'Mocks whiteness' glad to know she's a good person and not a racist. 🙄