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Child and Family Poverty Worsens Under Harper Conservatives

Child and Family Poverty Worsens Under Harper Conservatives

Posted on November 21, 2012

OTTAWA– The Conservative government continues to fail to address child and family poverty in Canada, said Liberals today.

“Today’s report from Campaign 2000 confirms that the Conservatives have no plan to fight poverty and no regard for the hefty economic and social cost it has on our society,” said Liberal Human Resources and Skills Development critic Rodger Cuzner. “Instead of taking action, they have opted to cut programs and services that help prevent poverty, such as Employment Insurance, frozen funding for affordable housing, and stood idly by as youth unemployment and student debt have reached record highs.”

With regard to children specifically, Campaign 2000’s 21st annual report found that one in seven Canadian children still live in poverty, with this number rising to one in four among Aboriginals. Moreover, 38% of food bank users are now children, while only 1 in 4 has access to a child care space.

“The fact that Canada is at present ranked 24th among 35 OECD countries when it comes to child poverty is appalling,” said Liberal Senator Art Eggleton. “Our ability to provide for our children, nurture them and enrich their lives will determine, to a great extent, our country’s progress and prosperity in the years to come. That is why the Liberal Party will continue to push for action on the underlying causes of poverty, including greater investments in affordable housing, stronger funding for services for Aboriginal People and a national poverty reduction strategy.”