Canada's Public Services Minister says 'balance' on housing

Canada's Public Services Minister says 'balance' on housing

The federal government can balance arriving with a new residence for the Prime Minister with action on creating more affordable housing for other Canadians, the Minister of Public Services says.

Jean-Yves Duclos said the balance is feasible, though Pierre Poilievre, the federal Conservative Leader, has said housing should be a focus on working-class Canadians instead of housing for the Prime Minister.

Duclos said he arrived for question period at the House of Commons.

A time when Canadians are worried about housing, Mr. Duclos was asked about the politics of dealing with this issue.

The prime minister, which is no longer considered habitable, continues to remain the official residence of the prime minister and is looking at other locations.

The Prime Ministers lived at 24 Sussex Dr. from 1951 until Mr. Trudeau became prime minister in 2015, and declined to move his family into the residence. In his childhood, he lived as the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 24 Sussex Dr.

Poilievre has said that renovations or building a new official residence for the prime minister would be at the bottom of his priorities if his party form government after the next federal election.

It doesn't need a new home for the prime minister. We need a new home for working-class Canadians, he said last month at a news conference in Oshawa, Ont.

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