moved for leave to introduce Bill C-241, An Act to amend the Canadian Bill of Rights (right to housing).
Mr. Speaker, all of us know what it is like to have a home, to have shelter where we feel safe and secure and where our families and our neighbours are safe and secure. Can anyone imagine not having a home?
We were just in Vancouver where we were told that on any given day there are 50,000 people on the streets. In Canada, right across the country, there could be well over 100,000 people without shelter. Shelter in this country should be a constitutional right. Every Canadian citizen should have access to shelter, be it an apartment, a condo, a house or whatever, but they should have a right to safe, affordable and secure housing.
We would like to amend the Constitution by ensuring that this definitely becomes a constitutional right of all Canadian citizens.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)