Banff-Airdrie MP Blake Richards believes the federal government is to blame for the housing crisis and raging inflation being faced across the nation.
During the May 3 question period in the Hosue of Commons, he rose to question what was being done and later concluded it was the government's fault.
"The problem is inflation and they are the ones causing it," said Richards. "At 6.7 per cent, inflation will cost Canadians an extra $2,000 this year. At the grocery store, Canadians are feeling the sting of higher prices, totalling an extra $1,000 this year. At the gas pumps, Canadians are paying 40 per cent more than they were last year. The natural gas that Canadians use to heat their homes is up 19 per cent."
He said the price of houses has doubled in the last seven years and has reached a point where many Canadians can't afford a home, and others are unable to pay rent.
"In Canmore and Banff, people are forced to live in vans or share apartments with a dozen other people because they cannot even afford rent, let alone buy a home.
"In Airdrie and Cochrane, young couples are living in their parents' basements with their children. No matter how hard people work, adequate housing is just not attainable."
Ahmed Hussen, minister of housing, diversity and inclusion, said the Conservatives have no credibility on the issue.
He said the Conservatives downloaded the housing issue to provinces and municipalities, nor did they offer assistance to renters when they were in power.
"We introduced the Canada housing benefit, which has helped tens of thousands of families in his home province, but the Conservatives voted against it," said Hussen. "We are not stopping there. In budget 2022, we are adding an additional $500 to the Canada housing benefit."
He pointed to the assistance provided through offering a tax-free first home savings account, the first-time homebuyer incentive, and the doubling of the first-time homebuyers' tax credit. It also introduced a two-year ban on foreign home buying.