The Liberal leader is blaming former conservative Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, for the slow progress on his government’s National Housing Strategy, claiming the “Conservative government had decided the federal government had no role to play in housing.”
Unfortunately, there is one problem with that statement — it was his Liberal government that stopped providing direct housing.
Speaking in Hamilton, Ontario, Trudeau presented the party’s housing plan as an update to its “National Housing Strategy” (NHS). The plan seeks to further build and repair affordable housing units.
BREAKING: Protestors heckle Justin Trudeau as he arrives on scene for his housing announcement in Surrey B.C. Being called “coward” and asked to account for missing jobs. 🇨🇦
— Rowan (@canmericanized) August 25, 2021
The housing strategy was originally launched in 2017 with a mandate to repair and expand Canada’s affordable housing stock, including derelict social housing with expensive repair costs.
But in 2019, The Parliamentary Budget Office noted that the NHS had produced few results and no marked increase in spending on affordable housing construction.
When asked by a reporter on whether yesterday’s announcement suggested the Strategy had been a “failure”, Trudeau deflected towards his predecessor:
“Let’s remember in 2015, 2017 as we launched the National Housing Strategy, we were starting from a standing start because for the previous ten years the Conservative government had decided the federal government had no role to play in housing,”, he said. “That is wrong and that’s why we stepped up and saw tremendous improvements in supporting people to get housing.”
Yet more lies and deflection from Trudeau, who is too arrogant to speak the truth and admit yet another policy failure by his government.
There appears to be a pattern emerging this election. Trudeau and his colleague, Chrystia Freeland, were recently caught fabricating lies about Erin O’Toole and his views on healthcare, and now they are fabricating a blame-game on the former Harper government to cover up their policy failure on housing.
If you want an idea of how the Liberal campaign strategy is going to work over the next few weeks, this sums it up – fabricate a lie about the Conservative Party, repeat it as many times as you can on social media and to the press, and hope voters don’t do their research to discover the truth. Classic Trudeau.
(Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)