May 28, 2020

MP Gazan grills government over lack of support for people to pay their rent

TREATY 1 TERRITORY, WINNIPEG – While questioning ministers in parliament today, NDP MP Leah Gazan (Winnipeg Centre) grilled the government for failing to provide support for people who are struggling to pay their rent during the pandemic.


"When it comes to rent for people's homes, this government didn't even try," said Gazan. "Many people in our community couldn't make rent on April 1 or on May 1. June 1 is coming quickly. When will this government act to ensure families make their rent next month?"

During this crisis, the NDP has been calling on the federal government to help people across the country – including with their monthly rent. Many families were struggling financially before the pandemic and COVID-19 and the shut downs have made it even harder for them to make ends meet.

"Winnipeg Centre is the third poorest riding in the country and COVID-19 has put many on the verge of homelessness," said Gazan. "Instead of bailing out their big corporate buddies, this government needs to provide proper rental assistance so that families don't end up in the streets."

The NDP will continue to push the federal government to do the right thing and deliver support to the people who need it.​

Claire Johnston

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