Additional Response From Federal Conservative Candidate Paul Forseth Burnaby New Westminster

Paul Forseth Conservative Candidate. I answer all three task force questions with a single response.

The other Candidates have made well-intentioned sentiments, but I am the only one if elected, capable to act beyond the speeches. The community

needs me as a government MP to get things done.

If the NDP is elected in Burnaby-New Westminster, it will not help the homelessness issue. Federally, the NDP can only complain but cannot implement anything, and they are not usually held accountable for their often financially uncosted wish lists. If am elected, I can ensure that assigned federal funds is protected and delivered. I also have a Parliamentary record as a cross-party collaborator, for example the time I did a joint press conference with NDP Svend Robinson on the non-partisan issue of leaky condos.

Housing

and homelessness programs are intended to support the homeless, those at risk of homelessness, low income Canadians, seniors, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and Aboriginal Canadians.

Funding for the Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI), the housing renovation programs, including the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP), and the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) are part of my Conservative government commitments.

On September 4, 2008, the Government of Canada reaffirmed funding for housing and homelessness programs at $387.9 million per year for five years to March 31, 2014. There will be additional enhancements as new funding becomes available, if the current wise fiscal conservative approach is maintained for the nation.

If elected , I will continue my collaborative approach. During our past consultation processes, participants expressed a great deal of support for the community-based approach of the government’s homelessness programming, and I will ensure the government will maintain this approach. It will also work to strengthen relationships with provinces and territories, building on successful partnerships to date.

Other program enhancements that I will be mindful of if I am elected:
◦greater support for rural and remote communities;
◦ensuring culturally relevant programming and services for Aboriginal people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness;
◦developing linkages on mental health and homelessness;
◦increasing the relevance and dissemination of research;
◦reinforcing accountability for results; and
◦improving data sharing and collection to improve targeted planning.

My candidacy offers a reality that can be delivered beyond mere nice sounding sentiments on this important and difficult issue, that governments of all stripes across Canada are dealing with.

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