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PM addresses homeless crisis in Maple Ridge

File - The Anita Place homeless camp in Maple Ridge. (Simon Druker, NEWS 1130 Photo) (Simon Druker, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

British Columbia and Maple Ridge are currently butting heads on how to handle the situation

The PM says anything the federal government does will need the support of both the province and the municipality

MAPLE RIDGE (NEWS 1130) – The ongoing homeless crisis in Maple Ridge was brought to the Prime Minister’s attention Monday at a housing event.

Justin Trudeau was asked what the Liberals will do to help the situation and he says anything the federal government does will need the support of both the province and the municipality.

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“It’s not for the federal government to determine what is best for a particular neighbourhood or a particular community,” he said. “But it is up to us to be partners.”

Anna Cooper of Pivot Legal Society says that’s a weak response because British Columbia and Maple Ridge are currently butting heads on how to handle the situation.

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“I think it was incumbent on the Prime Minister to be far clearer that he supports government actors who are moving forward urgently with housing solutions,” Cooper told NEWS 1130.

She says the province is looking at immediate action to get vulnerable people in homes, but the city is dragging its feet.