MP ASHTON CALLS ON LIBERALS TO TAKE ACTION ON POVERTY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 17th, 2018

NDP MP NIKI ASHTON CALLS ON LIBERALS TO TAKE ACTION ON POVERTY 

OTTAWA– Today, NDP MP Niki Ashton (Churchill—Keewatinook Aski) rose in the House of Commons to mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. In Canada, poverty has many faces. Many of them Indigenous, recent immigrants, racialized people and often women. While Canada is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, over 1 million children live in poverty. Shockingly, almost 40% of First Nations children live in poverty.

“Today we recognize that poverty doesn't just happen. It is the result of a system that is broken. A system that seeks to enrich the wealthy and exploit the many. A system that is governed by Liberal or Conservative governments who – time and time again – prioritize profits over people,” MP Ashton said.

“It doesn't need to be this way. We must push for system change - for true respect of Indigenous rights, for affordable housing, for universal programs like Pharmacare, dental care and childcare, for free tuition and for fair taxation – ensuring that the wealthy pay their fair share. So today let us not just talk about poverty. Let's join those who are pushing for fundamental change. Change so that nobody has to live in poverty again.” 

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