MP Alistair MacGregor Speaks to Shockingly High Child Poverty Rate in Duncan, BC

OTTAWA – NDP MP Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan-Malahat-Langford) spoke in the House of Commons today to draw attention to the shockingly high levels of child poverty in Duncan, BC. A recent report by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition shows that Duncan has the highest child poverty rate in an urban area in the province – with 31% of children in Duncan, BC living in poverty.

“First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition has been tracking child and family poverty rates since 1996, when one in five of our children were still living in poverty” said MP Alistair MacGregor. “It is a sad state of affairs when a country as wealthy as Canada still has this same statistic two decades later.”

The NDP has tried to push for action from the Trudeau Liberal government to address the shameful poverty rates in Canada, but has been met with inertia. In February 2016, NDP MP Brigitte Sansoucy (Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot) introduced Bill C-245, the Poverty Reduction Act, which had aims to develop a national poverty reduction strategy in Canada as well as introduce an independent poverty reduction commissioner. Unfortunately, the Liberal government teamed up with Conservative MPs to defeat the bill last December.    

Since 1989, when former NDP leader Ed Broadbent received unanimous consent in the House of Commons on a motion to eradicate poverty in Canada, successive Liberal and Conservative governments have done little to achieve this goal. Canada remains one of the few industrialized countries in the world without a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy.

“In October 2016, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced a forthcoming consultation on creating a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy, yet months later this process has yet to even begin” said MP Alistair MacGregor.

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First Call: Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition report available here:
http://still1in5.ca/


For media inquiries, please contact:
Seamus Wolfe, Assistant to Alistair MacGregor
250-732-1733 or alistair.macgregor.c1a@parl.gc.ca