Should Canada make adequate housing a human right?

June 28, 2018

Earlier this week, the Liberal MP for Spadina—Fort York was singled out in a policy smackdown by the United Nations special rapporteur on housing, Leilani Farha.

Through an open letter to cabinet officials, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Farha voiced her concern with the Liberal government’s signature National Housing Strategy. She’s worried the 10-year, $40-billion blueprint “does not reference and guarantee” the human right to adequate housing, and pointed to Vaughan’s comments in the House of Commons — that such a right could encourage people to “prosecute their way into housing” — as basis for her concern.

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by Alex Ballingall, Ottawa Burea, The Star


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