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Top earner living in Manitoba social housing makes $153,648 a year: Taxpayers federation

Colin Craig, Prairie Director for The Canadian Taxpayers Federation, made a stop at the Winnipeg Sun with the National “Debt Clock”

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WINNIPEG - Some big income earners are living off taxpayer-funded Manitoba housing units, new data reveals.

Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation under a freedom of information request reveal two people living in government-assisted social housing made more than $100,000 in 2012, with the top salary amongst tenants being $153,648.

Colin Craig, the Prairies director of the CTF, said the province should be investigating and removing some of these high-income earners from social housing.

"Perhaps instead of building new social housing units, government could save money by forcing some high-income earners to move out and let the people who really need it move in," said Craig. "Alternatively, if there are locations where there's not enough demand, the province could sell off locations filled with high-income earners."
Another 150 families took in at least $50,000 last year.

Craig said he asked for data on the number of family members, but the province wouldn't hand it over without charging a significant amount of money.

"While we can't afford to pay for that analysis, it would probably be worth the government's while to investigate," said Craig.

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