The Right to Housing
Who Decides When It Comes to Providing Adequate Affordable Housing?
– Serge Lachapelle –
Never has a call been as just and urgent as the demand for adequate affordable housing for all Canadians. It has been three weeks since the federal election got underway and everything indicates that the election is going to be another cynical joke that will totally dismiss our concerns. Personal attacks, diversions and shameless promises replace a rational discussion in which the people fully participate.
In this anachronistic system called a democracy, the majority does not rule. In an election parties can even promise the moon and stars. We are asked to compare election programs; we are expected to abandon whatever we have been fighting for for years and vote for one of the cartel of parties so they can claim a mandate to govern in our name. Yet, none of these parties which claim to represent us is accountable to the people.
Across the country, those collectives of the people fighting to affirm the right to housing are working out what is required to achieve this aim of providing housing for all. By speaking in their own name, they ensure that the right to housing for all is on the agenda, and that the discussion cannot be diverted by false claims by the cartel parties, the monopoly media and their experts.
What is needed is a profound renewal of the political process so as to empower the people. The most important thing for us is to move forward on the basis of our own agenda.
Serge Lachapelle is the MLPC Candidate in Laurier-Sainte-Marie.