MP Jim Eglinski Participates in the Debate on the Role of Co-operatives – March 24, 2017

MP Jim Eglinski Participates in the Debate on the Role of Co-operatives

March 24, 2017

On March 24, MP Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, was pleased to participate in the debate on the role of co-operatives, (Motion 100).

This motion proposes that the government recognize the important role that co-operatives play in the economy and ensure that they continue to thrive by taking concrete steps in developing a federal co-operative strategy to promote and support Canada’s co-operative sector through consultations with provincial/territorial, Indigenous communities and co-operative groups.  The motion also proposes that periodic reports be provided on a pre-established goals and targets.

During the debate, MP Eglinski stated:  “Housing co-ops make a valuable contribution to affordable housing, providing lodging to approximately 250,000 Canadians.  In fact, our previous Conservative Government worked with all governments and Indigenous groups to develop and implement affordable housing solutions by committing close to $2B to build new units and repair and update existing social housing. 

This is why a renewed commitment from the federal and provincial governments to support affordable housing for low-income residents in co-ops and other housing communities is necessary.  All Canadians should have a reasonable opportunity to own their own home, and have access to safe and affording housing” concluded MP Eglinski.

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