TREATY 1 TERRITORY, WINNIPEG -- After a week of community outcries to end the practice of noise deterrents aimed to displace individuals experiencing homelessness, MP Leah Gazan (Winnipeg Centre) is reasserting the critical need for affordable accessible social housing in Winnipeg Centre.
“In election after election, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals have promised to invest in housing but year after year, they have broken that promise. They are leaving more and more people across the country and right here in Winnipeg behind,” said Gazan. “The federal government needs to step up and provide further resources for housing. The focus should never be on further displacing individuals who are already facing such significant barriers. We need those in power to turn their focus to ensuring that all residents in Winnipeg can live in dignity. That is certainly my focus, along with frontline community organizations here in Winnipeg Centre.”
Due to a wave of community pressure, three noise deterrent devices were removed from under three bridges in Winnipeg Centre on Thursday.
The human right to adequate housing is recognized in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 25(1)) and in the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Article 11), both of which Canada is a signatory.
“We are facing a human rights crisis. All Winnipeggers deserve to have their minimum human rights upheld and they deserve a government that not only says they care about them but actually does something to help them,” said Gazan. We need the government to respect these rights and provide the needed resources.”