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December 15th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Issues | Work

In 1989 all parties in the Canadian House of Commons agreed on a resolution to eliminate child poverty by the year 2000. That didn’t happen, the resolution was actual renewed in 2009. This year a report released says that one in five children in BC are living in poverty.

Asked about this one of our country’s federal Cabinet ministers says, basically that it’s not his problem.

Quote James Moore, “Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so.”

A lovely sentiment of the season.

Moore’s message was that the government is empowering people so that they can feed their own children. What they’re actually doing to empower people is unclear. I believe they think they’re empowering people to make their own childcare choices by giving them $100 per month, which is approximately 1/12 of our childcare costs when the kid was in daycare.

He talked about Canada’s employment rate which has gone up recently, but he failed to mention that’s due to an increase in part time jobs and people becoming self-employed and going without benefits.He actually started off by saying that the country has never been wealthier, which may be true but doesn’t discount the fact that children are going without, and that affects us all. The fact is that society is better off when we take care of our children.

Update: James Moore has apologized for his comments. Today apparently caring for children is something he is passionate about. 

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