Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

October 04, 2007 17:56 ET

Ontario's NDP: McGuinty Liberals Opposed Move to Speed Child Benefit

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2007) - Dalton McGuinty's support for low income families was made clear during this year's Budget Hearings in the Ontario Legislature when they voted against an immediate implementation of the Ontario Child Benefit and increasing the minimum wage to a living wage.

Small wonder people concerned with the plight of Ontario's low-income families slammed the Liberals "anti-poverty" budget in 2007:

"The Liberals have let down some of Ontario's poorest people today. They seem to think that it is okay for those people to come home to leaky ceilings, faulty plumbing and wiring, broken windows and doors."

- Kay Bromfield, tenant activist and TCHC resident, Strong Foundations, Strong Futures, March 22, 2007.

"People who need income support from the Ontario Disability Support Program will still find it next to impossible to pay their rent, eat a nutritious diet and cover their other basic needs after Finance Minister Sorbara's budget comes into effect. This budget does not treat people who cannot work due to illness or disability with the dignity they deserve.

- Nancy Vander Plaats, chair, ODSP Action Coalition, March 22, 2007.

Anti-poverty activists are disappointed that the clawback of the National Child Benefit Supplement was not ended in real terms and other anti-poverty measures announced do not go further. The budget doesn't move as quickly or as significantly as needed to address the scope and depth of poverty in Ontario.

- Sarah Blackstock, Income Security Advocacy Centre, March 22, 2007.

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