Hundreds demonstrate downtown for social housing

Nearly 500 people marched in downtown montreal on Sunday for increased social housing in Quebec.
Chris Nardi / CJAD News

People from across the province marched onto Pauline Marois' office demanding more funding for social housing.

The demonstration, organized by the Front d'action populaire en reamenagement urbain (FRAPRU), attracted nearly 500 people.

Organisation spokesperson Francois Saillant wants the Marois government to include financing for 50 000 new social housing units across the province over the next 5 years in the upcoming budget.

"We are worried about the futur of social housing. We know for sure that the financing of 3 000 social housing units annually like this year is not enough", Saillant told CJAD.

FRAPRU says the plan would cost the province $ 800 million. Money, Saillant says, that would be easily be found in the banking system.

"The solution that we are proposing is to increases taxes for banks and other financial institutions [...] Remember that the six main banks in Canada made profits of $ 30 billion last year."

Law student Guillaume Loiselle-Boudreault was part of the march. Despite hoping for more funding, he believes there is a lack of political will.

"No, no I don't believe there is an openess from the government. I believe Marois is very closed", he declared.

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  1. Adam posted on 02/09/2014 07:44 PM
    Don't they know that Queen Marious's main concern is making sure the government is pure atheist, and that there are no English to help with her "Winning" conditions. Everything else can take a back seat.
  2. markR posted on 02/10/2014 11:29 AM
    Once the PQ has it's winning conditions for a seperate Quebec, they can expropriate the non francophones homes and hand them over to these bien etre social recipents and expect the Quebec nation to provide them with everything that they desire, even an anglo slave. Keep halucinating!!
  3. Drew posted on 02/10/2014 03:02 PM
    Where do they think they are going to get $800 million. Sure the bank and they will raise all our fees , and the government will raise our taxes then we will all need low income housing.
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