Damn. I'm always making the same mistake. Because I can't help looking for the good in
So when some of my friends in Ottawa told me that James Moore was slightly more human than most members of the Harperite cult, I believed them.
But was that ever a mistake eh? And were they ever wrong.
Because it turns out Moore is just another miserable Con ideologue, as heartless and cruel as his morally depraved leader. And this is outrageous.
It appears the federal government won’t be helping BC get out of the top spot when it comes to child poverty. “Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so.” That from Federal Minister of Industry James Moore who is also the Member of Parliament for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam. He says it’s the responsibility of the provinces to deal with child poverty, and Ottawa has no plans to step in.
Can you believe that? Hungry children aren't THEIR problem in a country where child poverty remains a gaping wound.
Almost a generation after Ottawa’s vow to eradicate child poverty by 2000, national and provincial report cards show very little sustained progress. One in seven Canadian children — or 967,000 — still lives in a low-income household, according to Campaign 2000 in its annual report being released Tuesday, the 24th anniversary of the historic federal pledge.
An absolute abomination in a country as wealthy as this one, and Canada's shame.
In a society committed to prioritizing children’s best interests, the child poverty rate would be lower than the overall poverty rate. Ten industrialized countries (about a third of the total) including Australia, Japan and Germany achieve lower rates of child poverty than in the population as a whole: Canada is not among them. Canada ranks 18th of 35 industrialized nations – a middle position - in the size of the gap between child poverty (14 percent) and population poverty (12 percent).
And isn't this SPECIAL?
“Certainly we want to make sure that kids go to school full bellied, but is that always the government’s job to be there to serve people their breakfast?”
From Mr Full Belly himself...
But then the Cons are shameless. They always put their foul right-wing ideology before the needs of the most vulnerable. They are downloading everything onto the backs of the provinces, with the ultimate aim of making them too poor to afford medicare.
They are dismantling our social safety net, refusing to improve the CPP. They don't care about income equality.
In the final hours before Parliament adjourned for its eight-week Christmas recess, James Rajotte , chair of the finance committee, quietly tabled Income Equality in Canada: An Overview.
It is a pathetic piece of work. It heaps praise on Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his regressive policies. It says nothing about lifting low-income Canadians out of poverty, nothing about tackling the desperate shortage of affordable housing in the country, nothing about increasing the Canada Child Tax Benefit, nothing about improving public pensions and nothing about shoring up the country’s deteriorating social program
All they care about is making the rich even richer. Even if the poor get poorer, even if they hurt seniors, even if they hurt children...
And they are the most bestial and un-Canadian government this country has ever seen.
Oh boy. You know child poverty can be even more invisible than other forms of poverty.
It's hard to know when a kid is hungry, when many are too ashamed to admit it. When poverty can mean having to pretend that you left your lunch at home.
And as this little video from Germany shows, poverty tells many stories…
But all of them are sad and bad, and a government that doesn't make fighting child poverty its TOP priority, is in my opinion not a Canadian government, and morally unfit to remain in office.
For the sake of our poor children, and their parents. For the sake of the future. In the name of human decency.
Unite to drive the Harperite cult from power.
And toss both these losers out with them…
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