Trudeau asked about Housing plan for the North

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his Q&A in Yellowknife - Photo Credit Melinda Trochu

CKLB’s news team was at the Town hall gathering with Prime Minister Trudeau on Friday.

Questions for Trudeau ranged from education, electoral reform, self government negotiations, legislation, and this one on from Harvey Field of Ndilo on housing.

“I’m looking after my grand-kids and have a two bedroom house, I’ve been trying to get a house, no one will listen to me. I’ve been trying with the band and housing corporation, lots of people need a place to stay. Can you help me out or do something about it,” Field asked.

Harvey Field of Ndilo asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau what he’s doing about housing on Friday.

Trudeau accepted a letter from Field, and sympathized saying that Canada has not been active on the housing file for the last decade.

“A huge part of our approach is going to be a National Housing Strategy, that will be announced in the coming months with be investing historic amounts in housing, billions and billions right across the country,” replied Trudeau.

According to the Calgary Homeless Foundation, As of 2011, 19% of all Indigenous households were considered to be in core housing need.

For now Field and many Northerners hope it’s part of Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s 2017-18 Budget, which could be coming by the end of February or early March.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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