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Babbler # 10589

posted 12 January 2006 02:25 PM      Profile for lonewolf2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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
CBC News
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.



... and/or - what do YOU think needs to happen?

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Babbler # 2534

posted 12 January 2006 02:42 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I don't trust a thing the ReformaTories say about housing... They are against social housing and for wasteful, gas-guzzling cars and suburban sprawl, to fuel the petroleum industry.

Obviously the NDP, and here the Bloc québécois, are the parties that have pressed the most on the housing issue.

(and yes, I fully understand the contradiciton in the Bloc platform for housing vs their advocacy of uncontrolled transfer payments)...

In this case, one of the leading tenants' rights associations here, the FRAPPRU, has supported a Bloc-backed bill on housing and the CMHC surplus: FRAPPRU on Bloc housing bill.

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Babbler # 10589

posted 13 January 2006 12:32 AM      Profile for lonewolf2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post

just becuase I think this is an important issue getting lost in the attack/defend chaos.

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Dr. Felonious Sloth
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posted 13 January 2006 01:06 AM      Profile for Dr. Felonious Sloth     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Liberal Programs available at CMHC. Canada's best kept secret.

Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program—Homeowner RRAP. This program provides financial assistance to repair substandard housing to a minimum level of health and safety.

Rental Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program — Rental RRAP. The Rental Residential Rehabilitation Program (Rental RRAP) offers financial assistance to landlords of affordable housing to pay for mandatory repairs to self-contained units occupied by low-income tenants. Mandatory repairs are those required to bring properties up to minimum levels of health and safety. (fully forgivable loan)

Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program for Persons with Disabilities (RRAP-Disabilities). The Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) for Persons with Disabilities offers financial assistance to homeowners and landlords to undertake accessibility work to modify dwellings occupied or intended for occupancy by low-income persons with disabilities. (fully forgivable loan)

Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) — Rooming House. The Rooming House RRAP offers repair assistance to owners of rooming houses who offer affordable rents to low-income individuals. (fully forgivable loan)

Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) — Conversion. The RRAP — Conversion provides assistance to convert non-residential properties into affordable self-contained rental housing units or bed-units. This program is available in all areas. (fully forgivable loan)


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posted 13 January 2006 01:12 AM      Profile for JKR        Edit/Delete Post
The Liberals ended federal social housing.

The Conservatives plan is just a way to reduce taxes for developers. It's pathetic how the Cons want to turn every social program into a tax reduction.

The only way to get social housing in Canada is to have a Liberal or Conservative minority government where the balance of power is held by the NDP.

It will be great if the next parliament was a minority parliament.

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a lonely worker
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posted 13 January 2006 02:18 AM      Profile for a lonely worker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I agree JKR, especially if we can push for PR.

However, unless people start waking up quick and challenging Harpie we are on the threshold of a Republican majority.

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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 13 January 2006 03:14 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
The CPC housing "program" is essentially what Mike Harris did:

  • drop the sales tax on building materials
  • provide incentives for private developers to build affordable housing

The construction of private rental housing -- particularly affordable units -- went down.

The private sector doesn't build affordable housing because, even with incentives, it can make more money in other areas of the housing market.

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