Draft legislation to create a long-overdue and much-needed national affordable housing plan is heading back to the Commons for third and final reading. Bill C-304 is private member’s legislation from Vancouver East MP Libby Davies that would require the federal government to consult widely and introduce a comprehensive plan within 180 days. As the bill has worked its way through the legislative process, it has drawn the support of the New Democratic Party, Liberals and Bloc Quebecois – along with a lone Conservative. However, a proposed amendment from the Bloc has been ruled out of order by the Speaker, and the Bloc is threatening to vote against the plan. National housing groups are unanimously backing the draft legislation, including Quebec-based groups. The Wellesley Institute appeared at a Commons committee last fall to testify in support of the bill.