Date: Thursday, June 10 2004
Paul Martin did not cause the homelessness, in Ontario. When Mike Harris was in office he removed the 'Rent Controls' giving landlords an open market. He also, at the same time cut Welfare Payments by 21% thus widening the gap. The ripple effect created forced women with children into the shelters, who got first priority displacing single homeless men and women into the streets.
Today, the bomerang effect is felt by the landlords. Open house, free boom boxes, free TTC PASSES, free first month's rent etc. is the order of the day. The Public Housing lists have grown much, much longer since.