Hon. Romeo LeBlanc (Minister of Public Works):
Mr. Speaker, the Hon. Member began by quoting statistics. I might tell him that the seasonally adjusted rate of housing starts in May was 135,000 dwelling units. This represents an increase of 7 per cent over the April, 1984, total of 126,000.
That being said, the Hon. Member must remember, as I am sure he does, that the increase in the allocation to social housing was very clearly understood by everyone. He may say that it does not wash with him, but I am sure that if he made a commitment to do something when the housing starts had improved, as they have in the last year or year and a half, then at that point the social housing budget would return to its normal level.
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