NDP Leader to appoint a Minister of Urban Affairs

OTTAWA – This weekend, before a large crowd gathered in Toronto, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair announced his plan to support Canada’s urban centres.

"Our cities need a real partner in Ottawa to help maintain their infrastructure and create quality, middle-class jobs,” said Mulcair. “The NDP understands these needs and has committed to appointing a Minister of Urban Affairs to complete this new partnership with provinces and territories.”

The NDP has a five-pronged plan to help our urban centres:

• Reducing transit times through stable, predictable funding for transportation
• Creating a million new $15/day childcare spaces Canada wide

• Making affordable housing a priority by appointing a Minister of Urban Affairs
• Improving the process for recognizing the qualifications of new residents
• Helping small businesses by lowering the tax rate from 11 to 9%

“Lower Mainland residents know how important investing in infrastructure, public transportation, and affordable housing is to their quality of life. Yet we continue to face infrastructure challenges, a housing affordability crisis and an overwhelmed transit system,” said NDP Infrastructure and Communities deputy critic Fin Donnelly (New Westminster–Coquitlam & Port Moody). “It’s time the federal government become an active, predictable partner and take real action to support Canada's cities. Under the leadership of Tom Mulcair, the NDP is ready to get the job done.” 

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