Edmonton, AB (March 15, 2016): Dr. David Swann is concerned that the government might be planning to use an NDP Private Members’ Bill 202 to justify not putting any new money toward affordable housing in this year’s budget.
“I’m concerned this is a stalling tactic,” said Swann. “The government’s first budget – for the 2015-16 fiscal year – included no new money to build or operate affordable housing units. Now, Bill 202 could provide a convenient excuse to delay affordable housing funding for another year while the government waits for oil prices to rebound.”
While Swann is not necessarily averse to a review, he notes that issues around housing and homelessness have already been studied and reported on extensively by Alberta’s seven municipal homeless management bodies and the Alberta Interagency Council on Homelessness. The solutions, he says, are largely known already, and he sees a real possibility of work being duplicated.