Eight weeks into the NDP leadership campaign, the three candidates continue to pay nothing but lip service to housing assistance for Manitoba’s struggling families.
“The Progressive Conservatives called two years ago for a boost in the Employment and Income Assistance rental benefit to 75 per cent of median market rates,” said Opposition Leader Brian Pallister. “The NDP has opposed and voted against the PC Party’s position on the EIA housing allowance. Even with all the costly promises made during the NDP’s leadership credit card campaign, the NDP’s position is to increase the rental benefit by only $70.”
The coalition Make Poverty History Manitoba has long requested the EIA rental allowance be hiked. The PCs pledged in March 2013 that a Brian Pallister PC government would immediately increase the rental allowance to 75 per cent of median market rates.
Pallister met with representatives of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Canadian CED Network on Wednesday to discuss their joint report The View from Here 2015 – Manitobans Call for a Renewed Poverty Reduction Plan. Pallister emphasized his appreciation for the plan’s comprehensive and community-based approach, and spoke about how best to prioritize its recommendations.
Struggling families deserve much more than NDP lip service and a further delay of help that is needed now.