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The Françoise David law could soon be expanded

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Mar23,2024

The Françoise David law could soon be expanded

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The law stipulates that a senior over 70 with a very low income who has lived in their home for more than 10 years cannot be evicted.

The Canadian Press

The Legault government intends to soon include Bill 198 of Québec solidaire on the agenda ( QS) which aims to broaden the scope of the Françoise David law intended to better protect seniors from evictions.

This was announced on Friday by the parliamentary leader of QS, Alexandre Leduc. In an interview with The Canadian Press, he was delighted with this outcome which comes after months of pressure.

This is good news. In the context of the evictions and re-evictions that we are experiencing at the moment, that is not too much to ask.

A quote from Alexandre Leduc, parliamentary leader of Québec solidaire

The law commonly known as the Françoise David law, which was adopted in 2016, stipulates that a senior over 70 with a very low income who has lived in their home for more than 10 years cannot be evicted.

Last year, QS MP Christine Labrie concluded that more needed to be done to protect a greater number of senior tenants wild evictions which are increasing.

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Christine Labrie, member of Québec solidaire (Archive photo)

She presented Bill 198, An Act to amend the Civil Code to ensure greater protection for senior tenants against repossessions or evictions.

The objective was to broaden the criteria to include in particular people aged 65 and over who have lived in their home for at least five years.

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More recently, QS also tried to get the government moving during the study of Bill 31 by presenting several amendments intended to broaden the protection offered to seniors.

The Minister of Housing, France-Élaine Duranceau, however rejected these proposed amendments.

Ms. Duranceau justified her refusal by asserting that her Bill 31 already contained several measures to protect people from evictions, regardless of their age.

Or , according to Mr. Leduc, the government is on the verge of changing its tune: in a planning document sent to QS, it indicates that it wants to include Bill 198 on the agenda as soon as the next week.

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The parliamentary leader of Québec solidaire, Alexandre Leduc (Archive photo)

Is this the recent polls? […] Is it the housing crisis, which is not about to go away […], which pushes them to evaluate other options? asked Mr. Leduc.

He added that according to him, the minister might want to change the public image that ;it has been built in recent months.

It is extremely rare for the government to put a project on the agenda law of the opposition. QS House Leader Believes Bill 198 Can Be Passed Quickly.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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