Tents are erected in a makeshift camp along Notre-Dame Street East.
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The more days go by, the less warm the weather gets. However, a handful of homeless people are still camping along Notre-Dame Street in Montreal, which worries the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ).
“The cold will come quickly”, observes the spokesperson for the Liberal Party on social solidarity, Paule Robitaille. At the height of summer, and under a blazing sun, dozens of homeless people had settled on Notre-Dame in protest against the lack of affordable housing.
“It will be more and more difficult to stay there longer”, drops the elected. Ms. Robitaille urges Quebec to untie the strings of its purse, in order to bring immediate support to the City of Montreal, the main responsible in the file.
Amounts that would allow, in the eyes of the elected Liberal, the opening of “temporary accommodation”, in hotels or at the Notre-Dame hospital, for example.
Sunday on the show Everybody talks about it, the mayoress of Montreal, Valérie Plante, had agreed that “we could very well take advantage of some of these hotels”.
“I want to go beyond just the emergency,” she added.
On Tuesday, Montreal got its hands on more than $ 263 million released by the provincial government to deal with the vagaries of the pandemic. Paule Robitaille invites the mayor to go dig into this envelope and even ask for more.
In the longer term, she notes, it is the rental stock that must be made more accessible. “The residents [des campements] want to send the signal that what they want are apartments, ”said the member for Bourassa-Sauvé, who has visited the premises several times.
In the longer term, Quebec must precisely promote the construction of affordable units, adds the official opposition.
“The CAQ is […] very far from its promise to build 15,000 new social housing units in Quebec, ”indicates Liberal housing critic Marie-Claude Nichols.
When it came to power, the Coalition d’avenir Québec had in fact promised to create the 15,000 places provided in advance by previous governments.
By the end of August, around 9000 units had been completed or “in the machine”. From April 2019 to March 2020, Quebec had raised about 1,000 housing units from the ground.journalmetro.com