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Expiring agreements put low income housing at risk

Posted on June 17, 2015

As featured in today’s edition of The Guardian PEI, Page A5:

Expiring agreements put low income housing at risk

Malpeque MP Wayne Easter is questioning the federal government’s plan to abolish housing subsidies for low income families starting July 1.

Landlords of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s co-op housing are claiming that they cannot lose the $200 a month subsidy and continue to offer housing to their current tenants.

Easter calls the Conservative government’s continued disregard for those with low incomes disgraceful.

“The Harper government is not helping low-income families. Why is the government cutting CMHC monies meant to ensure that individuals have a decent place to live while, at the same time, giving a $2 billion tax break to those who really do not need the money?”

A plan that helps Islanders

Posted on June 16, 2015

(Ottawa) – Malpeque MP and Liberal candidate, Wayne Easter, welcomed the announcement made today by Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. Easter says various items announced reassure him that a Liberal federal government would greatly benefit Islanders.

A few highlights Easter was impressed with were:

  1. a commitment to evidence-based decisions on programs and policies.

“One example of this,” Easter said, “is bringing back the detailed Census form. This would provide government with the data needed to make better policy.”

  1. providing better and more timely services to Canadians with a more inclusive and engaging policy-making process.

“Many Islanders have issues with filing their taxes or receiving their benefits properly: an overhaul of the Canada Revenue Agency to make tax processes easier is certainly welcome.

We’ve seen veterans and many other Islanders lose access to government services. We’ve heard the concerns about traditional mail delivery. I welcome improvement to front line services for those who need it most.”

Easter said as a Member of Parliament he has been frustrated with the Stephen Harper government’s impact on his riding and the province of PEI. He cited reduced front line services, restrictions to municipal capital, the elimination of a national day care plan, and the cancellation of energy cable funding as examples of cuts that directly affect his constituents.

Conservative Cuts to CMHC Impact Low Income Families

Posted on June 10, 2015

Yesterday, I rose in the House to question the Harper government’s plan to abolish housing subsidies for low income families starting July 1st.

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Mr. Speaker, the member spoke of funding families, but we all know that with the current government a family getting support is dependent on what income bracket the family is in.

I got a letter two days ago and I will quote from that letter. It says:

… [this Prime Minister’s] government is abolishing the housing subsidies for low income families effective July 1 2015! This is disgraceful. Landlords of subsidized housing are claiming that they cannot lose the $200 a month subsidy and continue to offer housing to their current tenants. The families in those homes will be out on the street as they agreed to live in these apartments due to lower affordable rents.

The point is that the government is not helping low-income families. Through Canada Mortgage and Housing, it is cutting housing subsidies effective July 1. My question is this. Why is the government continuing to cut CMHC monies meant to ensure that individuals have a decent place to live while, at the same time, giving a $2 billion tax break to those who really do not need the money?

Government’s Lack of Economic Support for Islanders

Posted on June 8, 2015

It was my pleasure to rise in the House during the debate of Mr. MacAulay, MP from Cardigan’s motion re: PEI Ferry Services. During that time, […]

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Question in the House on RCMP lack of Funding and Training

Posted on June 5, 2015

Yesterday, I was able to stand in the House to question the government on their negligence with RCMP funding. See my question and the Parliamentary Secretary […]

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Easter Wants Banks to Reduce Paper Fees

Posted on June 3, 2015

(Ottawa) Malpeque MP Wayne Easter supported a Motion passed in the House of Commons calling for the Chartered Banks to reduce, if not eliminate, excessive fees […]

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Insurance Brokers Association of Canada

Posted on June 2, 2015

It was great to meet today with Mark Hickey, Karen Doiron, and Mary Beth McInnis from PEI representing the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada.

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Harper Government Out of Touch with Canadians

Posted on June 1, 2015

OTTAWA – Malpeque Member of Parliament, Wayne Easter, made the following statement in the House of Commons today: “Mr. Speaker, Not only is this government out […]

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The Canadian Cable Systems Alliance

Posted on May 29, 2015

It was my pleasure to addend the Parliamentary Reception hosted  by the Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) on April 1, 2015. Featured in photo: Alyson Townsend, President […]

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Prince Edward Island Women’s Institute Annual Roadside Clean-up

Posted on May 21, 2015

It was my pleasure to rise in the House to to recognize the hard work and dedication of the PEI Women’s Institute. Mr. Speaker, I rise […]

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