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Housing/affordability top of mind heading into House of Commons fall sitting

The federal government is getting set for the fall sitting of the House of Commons and the local MP says housing and affordability will dominate discussions.

The fall session starts on Sept. 18.

Barrie-Innisfil MP John Brassard has been touring the region with Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison and says it is the topic on everyone’s mind.

“In my view, I think that’s going to dominate the fall session,” he said.

“I expect as we have over the course of the last couple of years that we are going to provide solutions to the government to deal with the housing and affordability crisis.”

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As the opposition, Brassard said their job is to suggest solutions.

“We don’t hold the levers of power as the opposition,” he added.

“Our job is to not just hold the government to account, but it’s also to suggest and much of what we’re going to suggest will likely come out of our caucus meeting.

The housing/affordability issue is the number one issue and we’re going to do everything we can to work with the government and provide solutions to come up with something that we can do to help deal with this problem.”

Since the Liberals are in power they drive the legislative bus, but Morrison believes accountability should also be top of mind.

“I wish it was accountability. I just wish we could get some accountability out of this government. What have they done and what have they spent it on?”

“There was 40 billion that was spent in the previous budget and we asked where that money went and the answer was nothing we’re not telling you.”

The fall session wraps up on Dec. 15.

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