WHITEHORSE – Article 25 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes access to adequate housing as a human right.
The international community re-affirmed the right of every individual to adequate housing at the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993.
The Parliament of Canada passed the National Housing Strategy Act in 2019, which recognizes housing as a human right.
But Yukon Party Leader Currie Dixon isn’t so sure.
Here’s what he had to say on April 27, 2023 when asked if he believes if all people have the right to access adequate housing:
Joseph Ho, CBC News: Just on principle, do you think everybody is entitled to a roof over their head?
Currie Dixon: I think housing is important. I think if you’re going to talk about adding it to the Human Rights Act, I don’t think that’s something I’d support. Talking about human rights and whether housing is a human right is a distraction.
Yikes. Yukoners deserve better than a political leader who doesn’t believe everyone deserves a roof over their head.