I noted the Tories put this out today:
Tories promise to spend on affordable housing
Last Updated Thu, 12 Jan 2006 11:06:48 EST
The Conservatives would spend $200 million a year to provide more affordable housing, leader Stephen Harper said on Thursday.
Harper was in Halifax to announce the tax incentives he said would encourage private sector builders to build or refurbish low-income rental housing.
The plan would provide $200 million a year beginning in 2007, he said. The money would be spread across the regions on a per capita basis, Harper said, but every province would get a guaranteed minimum.
"This is not a phoney promise of a quick fix, it is a genuine practical plan to increase the supply of affordable housing," Harper said.
The tax credits would be administered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, he said.
Harper also reiterated his party's plan to reduce the GST.
"Our tax plan will deliver greater benefit to all Canadians," Harper said.
The NDP (.pdf) platform says:
Restart a 10 year national housing program to provide 200,000 co-op and housing units AND Underwrite mortgages to help those that need affordable housing
LIBERAL (.pdf) platform says:
.... I paraphrase as their document is an enormous, confusing one (crashed my computer twice!)....
Rent supplements, SCPI grants for homelessness and.... we'll work on figuring out a 'long term framework'
It seems to me the Liberals are a non-starter if they still have to figure out a framework after so many years in power. It's like 'we promise to make a promise'
The NDP with Layton probably understand the housing need more directly and acutely and seem to have a good plan.
The Tories sound like they are offering a pittance for housing and provide no real details.
WHICH PARTY HAS THE BEST RESPONSE TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING ISSUE?
... and/or - what do YOU think needs to happen?