It’s always interesting to at least check out the Private Members’ Bills that are introduced in Parliament. Although most fail to pass, there’s always the chance that they will be incorporated into some other legislation.
Canadian Bill of Rights
1 Section 1 of the Canadian Bill of Rights is amended by adding the following after paragraph (b):
(b.1) the right of the individual to proper housing at a reasonable cost and free of unreasonable barriers;
Coming into Force
2 This Act comes into force on the first anniversary of the day on which it receives royal assent.
Of course, some logistical questions have to be asked:
If there simply isn’t enough affordable housing available, will the Government be able to expropriate others’ private property in order to make some room? In theory, decisions could simply be made that there are better uses of someone’s property without the input or consent of the owners.
If there is a shortage of housing, shouldn’t there be a moratorium on immigration, or at least a serious reduction, until this problem is alleviated? The laws of supply and demand would seem to dictate that closing the borders would be beneficial.
Will previously protected lands — like the Green Belt in Ontario — have to be torn up in order to make space for new housing?
Considering the Bill of Rights applies Federally, what would happen in the event of issues that arise at the Provincial or Municipal levels?
While this may sound well meaning on the surface, it has the potential to create all kinds of headaches and strife. How would these new “rights” be paid for? While this is just a Private Member’s Bill — for now — it could always be stuffed into an omnibus Bill at some later point. True, it hasn’t gone past the initial stages, but it might one day.