Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion on Poverty and Homelessness, “I believe it is the right of every Canadian to have a roof over their head.”

July 7th, 2010  

Have to give Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion credit. On the subject of poverty and homelessness, she left no ambiguity at this morning’s Council meeting.

We now turn this Blog over to Hazel McCallion. First the video. Then the transcript.

YouTube Video, “HAZEL MCCALLION on POVERTY and HOMELESSNESS in MISSISSAUGA / PEEL (For the record) ” 3:41 min

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council):

I just want you to know that the Big City Mayor’s Caucus has been promoting a housing strategy with the Federal government for years. And we still don’t have one.

Secondly, when we dealt with the task force on the relationship between the province and the municipalities in regard to getting things off the property tax which we have a number of things off. Welfare will eventually be off. Down the road. Take quite a while. Court security will be off. ODSB is already off. Etc.

It means that we could not get social housing on the agenda. So now a special group has been set up with AMO and the City of Toronto. ‘Cuz City of Toronto under the MOU, is separated. Working together.

But because what the Minister says the reason why it didn’t get on our agenda was because —is a very complicated issue in Ontario. There are so many groups dealing with social housing. It isn’t just Peel Living dealing, there are so many groups that he wanted to get a handle on who is doing what and come up with a coordinated approach.

It’s long overdue. I don’t know how long it’s going to take.

But we at the local level have got to recognize that it’s —I’m not proud as a member of Regional Council or the Mayor of the City of Mississauga to say that there are 21,000 on the waiting list for social housing in Peel.

I think that’s something—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council applauding whispers):

Good for her.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council):

—secondly on Saturday when we welcomed the, uh, Sunday night when we welcomed the Queen at the airport, Emil Kolb and I had a chat with Mr. Flaherty, the Minister, saying that unemployment is rising greatly in the Region of Peel.

Emil says that the figures are extremely high.

So now we have a major unemployment situation and we have the social housing needs. That means that there’s going to be more —more demand for social housing. With the unemployment.

So, we’ve got a problem.

And I think we should be spending our taxpayers’ money wisely in regard to try to solve it. I don’t know what the solution is.

Yes, I do know what the solution is. I believe it is the right of every Canadian to have a roof over their head.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council whispers):

Yes!

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council):

That means the Federal government must get involved.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council whispers):

Yes!

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council):

And unfortunately it was —the Provinces asked to take over social housing. They asked for it. Especially Quebec was the leader of it. The Federal government agreed that it should be transferred to the municipali—to the provinces.

Unfortunately under the Harris government they downloaded it to the municipalities in Ontario only. All other provinces are responsible for social housing. We are the only province where it was downloaded to the municipalities.

So we have an even bigger problem than we have in other parts of Canada.

Thank you for your dedication. You’ve been a leader in this. You haven’t given up and you’re going to win some day, I can tell you. Because we must respond.

Thank you, Edna.

There you have it. There you have it!

HAZEL MCCALLION QUOTE (on poverty social housing) "I believe it is the right of every Canadian   to have a roof over their head."

HAZEL MCCALLION QUOTE (on poverty social housing) "Unfortunately under the Harris government they downloaded it to the municipalities in Ontario only. All other provinces are responsible for social housing. We are the only province where it was downloaded

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

One Response to “Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion on Poverty and Homelessness, “I believe it is the right of every Canadian to have a roof over their head.””

  1. Catherine soplet Says:

    Thank you, Mississauga Muse, for recording this and making it available on the web.
    xoxox


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