Prov­ince needs more pub­lic hous­ing

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

I couldn’t be­lieve my ears. The New­found­land and Labrador Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion is pay­ing for pub­lic ads to pro­mote the moral rep­u­ta­tions of the peo­ple in those pub­lic hous­ing units to break the neg­a­tive stereo­typ­ing of their ten­ants.

That is no doubt an ad­mirable ob­jec­tive, but don’t you think that is money that could be bet­ter spent fix­ing up the present hous­ing units and build­ing new units?

As a land­lord, I per­son­ally know the great need in this re­gion for pub­lic hous­ing and as a mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor for many years was ac­tu­ally in­volved with bring­ing pub­lic hous­ing to Grand Falls-Wind­sor. This ac­tu­ally re­minds me of the neg­a­tive re­ac­tion from neigh­bour­hoods slated to re­ceive that new hous­ing at that time.

Un­for­tu­nately, it seems to me, and also to des­per­ate po­ten­tial pub­lic hous­ing ten­ants, that very few such new units are be­ing erected.

So, I ask you: why do we have a grow­ing bu­reau­cracy for pub­lic hous­ing when pub­lic hous­ing is be­ing grad­u­ally di­min­ished? Of course, if this Crown cor­po­ra­tion is able to di­vert needy cit­i­zens away from voic­ing a need for more pub­lic hous­ing by broad­cast­ing how law-abid­ing and won­der­ful its present ten­ants are, just maybe no one will no­tice how the ac­tual phys­i­cal, on-the-ground units, are steadily and con­stantly evap­o­rat­ing.

Of course, I am aware our re­cent fed­eral gov­ern­ments have been trim­ming their trans­fer pay­ments to our prov­ince, but we are re­ceiv­ing new oil dol­lars that could be ear­marked for the con­struc­tion of pub­lic hous- ing units.

If the present trend con­tin­ues with­out new hous­ing, why don’t you Tories lay off your old bud­dies and send them pack­ing to live on their MHA pen­sions?

Talk about Harper stack­ing the Se­nate with such louts?

Our pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is no less guilty. In short, carry out your orig­i­nal man­date or fold up your pub­lic hous­ing tent and slide into ob­scu­rity.

At least we’ll save your ob­scene salaries. Of course, I am as­sum­ing that there no bonuses paid in this Crown cor­po­ra­tion bu­reau­cracy be­cause that would be the ultimate in­sult to our peo­ple.

Aubrey Smith Grand Falls-Wind­sor

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