Foster takes the NDP on over homelessness

The Liberal MLA is upset with a press release the official opposition has issued over comments he made

Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster defends his government's handling of the homeless.

Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster defends his government's handling of the homeless.

Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster has come out swinging at the NDP.

The Liberal MLA is upset with a press release the official opposition has issued over comments he made about homelessness.

“I don’t see them with any solutions. We are addressing the problem head on,” said Foster.

“The money we invest in health care goes up by billions every year. All David Eby takes is pot shots.”

In the release, NDP housing critic David Eby takes aim at Foster who spoke to Vernon city council Monday.

“In addition to two tent cities in Vernon, we’ve had tent cities in Maple Ridge, Abbotsford, Victoria, Vancouver, Surrey, and record homeless counts in Terrace and Prince George in just the last year. What will it take to convince Eric Foster and Christy Clark to do everything they can to address this crisis? How many more Vernon tent cities?” said Eby.

Eby also points to Foster’s statement that, “Could we do more, sure. But there is a limit. We try to make the best use of the money we have,”

 

“Vernon city council has been asking their local MLA for help stemming the growth in the homeless population by supporting better mental health and addiction services, a common sense approach,” said Eby.

“In response, Eric Foster said his government could do more, but it refuses to. That’s simply not acceptable.”

However, Foster insists the government is taking firm action.

“We spent $8 million last year on all kinds of housing initiatives. We fund all of the beds in all of the shelters. We’re constantly doing everything we can,” he said.

Foster also says that services are in place for those with addiction and mental health issues.

“For David Eby or anyone else to say we’re not doing our job, is not correct.”