January 15th, 2020
Report confirms Liberal failure to lift children out of poverty in Our North
THOMPSON – Campaign 2000’s most recent report reveals that the Liberal government's refusal to act on measures like pharmacare and a national childcare program has left over one million children still living in poverty across the country.
“This report is clear,” said NDP MP Niki Ashton (Churchill—Keewawtinook Aski). “Successive Liberal and Conservative governments have ignored northern, Inuit, First Nation and Metis communities who are now living with the results: two-thirds of kids in our riding are living in poverty. This cannot go on.”
“This report is damning, but it’s no surprise,” continued Ashton. “Prime Minister Trudeau’s first move after the election wasn’t to fight inequality, it wasn’t to move forward on reconciliation, it was to give the biggest tax cuts to the wealthy and push for expanded pipelines. Until we have leaders willing to do things differently, we’ll continue to see the same results and it’s our kids who will pay for it.”
New Democrats welcome the Campaign 2000’s recommendations to address these inequalities and lift children and families out of poverty once and for all. Among the recommended policy and program changes, Campaign 2000 calls for increasing the Canada Child Benefit, implementing Pharmacare, establishing a National Childcare Program, and expanding employment insurance to help those who really need it.
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