OTTAWA, Feb. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - This Wednesday, February 27th, Bill-C400, which calls for federal leadership in developing a national
housing strategy, will be voted on at second reading. If passed, the
bill will be sent to committee for all-party review, debate and
discussion. If it is defeated, Canada will remain one of the only
developed countries in the world without a national commitment or
strategy to address homelessness and inadequate housing.
By voting in favour of Bill C-400 on Wednesday, MPs can send a clear
message: Canada's housing crisis is worth a discussion and working together to
end homelessness is the right thing to do.
Individuals and organizations across the country have urged MPs from every political party, to support this critically important bill. To date,
all parties have committed to send it to committee for further
discussion, except the Conservative Party of Canada.
We are now urging Conservative members to join in this non-partisan
commitment to address the suffering and serious health consequences
that homelessness and inadequate housing are causing to the most
vulnerable households - particularly Aboriginal peoples, families with
children, persons with disabilities, young people and the elderly.
Homelessness is a problem that we need to work together to solve, and
Bill C-400 is the important first step.
Groups who have supported Bill C-400 represent millions of Canadians.
They include the Anglican Church of Canada, the Assembly of First
Nations, Calgary Homeless Foundation, Campaign 2000, Canada Without
Poverty, the Canadian Association of Social Workers, Canadian Council
of Churches, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, Canadian
Federation of Nurses Unions, Canadian Federation of University Women,
Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Religious Conference, the
Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Canadian Unitarian Council,
Citizens for Public Justice, Community Health Nurses of Canada, Council
of Canadians with Disabilities, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of
Canada, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the National Union
of Public and General Employees, the United Church of Canada, the
Wellesley Institute, and YWCA of Canada.
If you think ending homelessness should be a priority in Canada, we urge
you to add your voice in support of Bill C-400. Voting "yes" this
Wednesday means MPs are listening to their constituents and willing to
work across party lines.
Join us in the journey to end homelessness - it is possible.
Leilani Farha and Joe Gunn, on behalf of Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada.
SOURCE: NATIONAL UNION OF PUBLIC AND GENERAL EMPLOYEES
For further information:
For media enquiries:
Megan Yarema, Canada Without Poverty, 604-613-1434
Joe Gunn, Citizens for Public Justice, 613-867-0309