Mr. Brian Tobin (Humber-Port au Port-St. Barbe):
Mr. Speaker, I want to bring to the attention of the House the situation in the Province of Newfoundland with respect to the reductions which have been made by the Minister responsible for CMHC in social housing and special housing in that
Yesterday I received a copy of correspondence which was sent to the Minister from the Community Housing and Support Services Council of St. John's, from the Executive Director, Mrs. Penny Rowe. Mrs. Rowe pointed out that the reduction in social housing units in St. John's this year has reached the 67 per cent mark. She further pointed out to the Minister that there has been absolutely no allocation this year in the Province of Newfoundland for special purposes housing.
One has to recognize that while the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) only a few days ago was celebrating the fact that unemployment had gone down in Canada, in the Province of Newfoundland unemployment went up by 2.3 per cent. In the city of St. John's, and indeed, in the entire Province of Newfoundland, there are many applications before CMHC to provide housing for battered women, children with special needs, and nursing facilities. Because the special funding is totally absent this year, the start-up funds will not be available to allow applications to proceed for those very worth-while and necessary projects.
The people of Newfoundland are extremely upset-
Subtopic: CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic: SOCIAL HOUSING IN ST. JOHN'S, NFLD.