In a speech to the Canadian and Empire Clubs on
The essential missing element from Minister Duncan’s speech was any mention of the government’s intention to invest in poverty reduction. This worrying omission was reinforced by comments made by Premier McGuinty in the legislature on that same day that discussed poverty reduction as being conditional on support from the federal government and a rebound in the economy.
Now is the time for our provincial government to invest in
Three Things That You Can Do To Make a Difference:
Endorse the call for the immediate introduction of a $100 per month Healthy Foods Supplement to the basic needs allowance for people receiving social assistance. Too many Ontarians are living with hunger, food insecurity, and poor health linked to lack of access to nutritious foods.
Write a letter to Premier McGuinty and Minister Duncan through our website. You can send along our sample letter below as is or you can modify it as you wish. Sharing stories of how poverty is having an impact on you, your patients, clients, friends, neighbours, and communities will help our elected representatives understand why this issue is important. Please don’t forget to sign your name at the bottom of the letter and indicate that you are a RN if appropriate. Copies of your letter will be sent automatically to Premier McGuinty, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, and Minister Deb Matthews, Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction.
3. Call Finance Minister Duncan’s office:
Take a few minutes to call Finance Minister Duncan’s office to urge him to put money in the upcoming budget to tackle poverty.
If you are calling from the
Collect calls will be accepted. Just dial 0-416-325-0400 and use the automated operator to call collect.
Ask to leave a message for Dave Pryce, the Minister’s Chief of Staff. It would be helpful to let them know from which community you are calling and the clear message that it is essential to make significant investments in poverty reduction in the upcoming budget. It is always compelling if you can give examples of how poverty is affecting me, the people that I am working with, or the people in my community.
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