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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

From Ottawa -- David Christopherson: "There are Solutions"



Statement by David Christopherson MP, Hamilton Centre
House of Commons, May 2, 2006 -- 2:09 p.m.

Mr. Speaker,

In 1998, the U.N. Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights examined the causes of poverty in Canada.

Yesterday, Craig Foye, of the Hamilton Income Security Working Group, presented an update to the UN Committee in Geneva, Switzerland.

His report was shocking. 13,000 of Hamilton's children are living in poverty today, because their parents have too little income to pay for housing and the other necessities of life.
And it found that provincial and federal government policies are at the root of family poverty.

Thanks to Mr. Foye, a lawyer with McQuesten Legal & Community Services, and his co-authors, Chabriol Colebatch and Deirdre Pike, we now understand better the real impact of government cuts on the lives of many Canadian families.

We'll be looking at today's federal budget for some action to end poverty, in Hamilton and across Canada.

Where do we begin? Stop allowing the National Child Benefit Supplement to be clawed back; increase employment insurance eligibility and rates; and invest in affordable housing.

These are real solutions to a real crisis.

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