Lib­er­als ta­ble bill to set na­tional poverty line as part of re­duc­tion strat­egy

StarMetro Vancouver - - CANADA & WORLD - Alex Ballingall

OT­TAWA—NEW leg­is­la­tion tabled in Par­lia­ment Tues­day will set Canada’s first of­fi­cial poverty line, a key bench­mark to track whether bil­lions of dol­lars in fed­eral spend­ing ac­tu­ally re­duces the num­ber of low-in­come Cana­di­ans who strug­gle to make ends meet.

Bill C-87, if passed, would make the ex­ist­ing “mar­ket bas­ket mea­sure” — a Sta­tis­tics Canada in­di­ca­tor of the cost of liv­ing that varies by re­gion — the of­fi­cial poverty line.

Us­ing this mea­sure, the bill would set poverty re­duc­tion tar­gets the gov­ern­ment “as­pires” to meet: 20 per cent below 2015 lev­els by 2020, and 50 per cent below 2015 lev­els by 2030.

“Our vi­sion for Canada is to be­come a world leader in the erad­i­ca­tion of poverty,” Fam­i­lies, Chil­dren and So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Jeanyves Du­c­los said while an­nounc­ing the new bill at an Ot­tawa com­mu­nity kitchen Tues­day.

Brigitte San­soucy, a New Demo­crat MP from Que­bec, said the Lib­er­als have ba­si­cally re­pro­duced the ma­jor as­pects of her pri­vate mem­ber’s bill with the same name, which was voted down by the gov­ern­ment in 2016.

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