Conservatives still failing children in poverty

It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since MPs passed a unanimous resolution to end child poverty in Canada – but unfortunately under the Conservatives no progress has been made.

“One in seven children are still living in poverty, they can’t eat Conservative rhetoric on the economy,” said NDP Employment and Social Development critic Jinny Sims (Newton – North Delta). “Conservatives don’t seem to understand that any economic recovery plan should begin with eradicating child poverty, not helping their well-connected friends.”

Campaign 2000 is calling on the federal government to introduce an action plan to reduce and eradicate poverty.  This plan must include targets and timelines and consult provincial, territorial and Aboriginal governments.

“It’s been over twenty years since Ed Broadbent’s motion aimed to end child poverty unanimously passed in the House of Commons, and yet successive Conservative and Liberal governments have failed to act on this promise. Canadians deserve better,” said Sims.