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Member Statement (24 November 2008)

From Hansard - 24 November 2008

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Prince Albert Student Housing Project

Ms. Wilson: —Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Saturday was National Housing Day. As the Hon. Diane Finley, federal Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation stated:

. . . [this day] is not only an opportunity to learn about new approaches to housing, but also a day to recognize the progress that is being made to implement affordable housing solutions . . .

Mr. Speaker, an example of such a solution would be the recent sod-turning for a student housing project in Prince Albert. This project will house 36 low-income families who have a member attending SIAST [Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology] Woodland Campus. The students and their families, many who are Aboriginal, will be provided a safe, affordable, and good quality rental option while they pursue their studies. This not only benefits the people of Prince Albert by providing affordable housing, but it assists SIAST in meeting the demand for skilled workers in this province.

This project also supports northern students in accessing post-secondary education and achieving their academic goals. This government recognizes that growing economies bring other growth-related issues. Early in this government‟s mandate, it developed a task force on housing affordability and has already implemented many of its recommendations.

Last Friday, many community members such as Eddy Head, Gary Merasty, and I attended the Prince Albert student housing announcement to show our support. Mr. Speaker, problems can always be resolved when we work together to find a solution. Thank you.

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