The Member of Parliament for the North Island – Powell River has tabled a bill in the House of Commons to include housing in the Canadian Bill of Rights.
New Democrat Rachel Blaney was one of the members chosen to put forward a Private Members Bill during this parliament.
She says she chose including housing as a right is because affordable and appropriate housing is a challenge for multiple demographics, including those who are most vulnerable.
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Blaney says she also hopes that by including housing as a right it will stop the downloading of responsibility for housing onto local governments and ensure all levels of government work together to address housing issues.