June 2, 1972

LIB

Ian Watson (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. Ian Watson (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Revenue):

Mr. Speaker, in the few minutes that remain this afternoon I would urge the Minister of State for Urban Affairs (Mr. Basford) to assume, in his new capacity, the activist role that he played so well in his other responsibilities.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
Sub-subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S.O. 58-ALLEGED FAILURE OF GOVERNMENT TO ENACT MEASURES TO PROVIDE HOUSING AT REASONABLE PRICES
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NDP

Stanley Howard Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader; Whip of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

I hope he will do better than he did on the price of drugs.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
Sub-subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S.O. 58-ALLEGED FAILURE OF GOVERNMENT TO ENACT MEASURES TO PROVIDE HOUSING AT REASONABLE PRICES
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LIB

Ian Watson (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. Watson:

The activist role I would urge for the minister, Mr. Speaker, would have the CMHC play a role not simply of a passive lender, which appears to have been its role so far in the province of Quebec, but a role where it would use its power as a lender to force upon municipalities the kind of reform that I feel is essential if we are to protect our local municipal taxpayers.

In my constituency there is a rising population. It is now the second largest in the province of Quebec, with a

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population of 131,000. This has meant a tremendous expansion in housing in the last few years. This expansion along the south shore of the St. Lawrence opposite Montreal has been as a result of direct CMHC loans and NHA guarantees and, more recently, the CMHC sponsored low and moderate cost housing. But this federal input has not been reflected in any visible improvement in local planning or in the amount of space set aside for green areas, recreation areas or park areas. On the municipal financing side, Mr. Speaker, this growth has been accompanied by a disastrous deterioration in the finances of most of the local municipalities, with the result that in one or two communities which I represent, taxes on a $12,000 or $14,000 house are in the $800, $900 per year range.

What is happening now is that because of this chaotic and terrible local municipal financing, the low-cost and direct loan housing which formerly was within reach of a very large segment of the population, is being forced out of the reach of the very people it was designed to help. The major cause of this poor municipal financing is the practice which is still tolerated by the Quebec department of municipal affairs of allowing municipalities to not incorporate into the cost of house lots all municipal costs associated with such lots. I mean not only roads, sidewalks, water and sewage costs but also lighting, police, fire, recreation and administrative services. In most parts of North America and in Ontario I understand the practice is followed of capitalizing all costs into housing. The cost of all these services, actual and anticipated, is capitalized and forms part of the cost of the lot. Although the lot costs more initially if it is financed by CMHC, it is spread over the loan period and municipal taxpayers do not end up having taxes increased to pay for the cost, largely hidden, of every new subdivision and housing development.

The minister indicated today that he is proposing to bring in some NHA changes soon. But I would submit, Mr. Speaker, that these changes will not benefit the people they should help, the long suffering municipal taxpayers, unless-in my province at least-the condition is attached for CMHC loans and NHA guarantees that would require intelligent municipal financing for new development. This must include the capitalization of all costs associated with new development.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
Sub-subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S.O. 58-ALLEGED FAILURE OF GOVERNMENT TO ENACT MEASURES TO PROVIDE HOUSING AT REASONABLE PRICES
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LIB

Gérald Laniel (Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Liberal

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Laniel):

Order, please. It is my duty to inform the House that pursuant to section 11 of Standing Order 58, the proceedings on the motion have now expired. Accordingly, this House stands adjourned until Monday next at 2 p.m.

At 5 p.m. the House adjourned, without question put, pursuant to Standing Order.

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Monday. June S, 1972

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
Sub-subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S.O. 58-ALLEGED FAILURE OF GOVERNMENT TO ENACT MEASURES TO PROVIDE HOUSING AT REASONABLE PRICES
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June 2, 1972