Gerry Rogers Question Period (04.30.2012)

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s Centre.

MS ROGERS: Mr. Speaker, since we do not have a housing division in government, my question has to be for the Premier.

In the last election campaign, this government promised a program to help families with incomes up to $60,000 purchase a modestly-priced home. They promised to provide a grant to partially or fully-fund a five per cent down-payment.

Mr. Speaker, I ask the Premier: When can we expect to see the promised low-income home ownership program in this Province?

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. HEDDERSON: As the Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing, I thought we were taking care of housing, but from what I hear from the other side is that they want to develop another division of housing? I would have to go back with a question: What the heck would that division do?

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St John’s Centre.

MS ROGERS: Mr. Speaker, I know that the people of the Province would like to know when the promised grant to help low income home ownership will happen. In the last call the federal-provincial affordable housing initiative had proposals to build affordable units, more proposals than money it had to fund. They were strong proposals addressing the crucial housing needs of seniors and people with complex needs. There will not be any more money in this program for another two years, if ever.

Will the Premier provide the resources and authorize the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation to have a unilateral proposal call to move forward with the projects that did not get funded through this initiative?

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. HEDDERSON: Again I say, Mr. Speaker, let’s go back to the original question, because it is an important one - that you can get up on your feet and you can criticize, but if you cannot come back with something positive and some solutions, what is the purpose of you getting up?

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