Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

September 11, 2013 10:00 ET

Anti-poverty groups to picket Liberal 'poverty reduction' consultation

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 11, 2013) - Refusing to participate in another fruitless round of consultations, anti-poverty groups will picket the Wynne government's Poverty Reduction Strategy meeting in Toronto on Thursday.

"The Liberals have had more than a decade to show they are serious about dealing with the sub-poverty social assistance system," says Liisa Schofield, spokesperson for the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP). "We heard no end of talk and have been asked time and again to participate in their consultation process. Despite this, people are poorer under the present 'Social Justice Premier' than they were under Mike Harris."

The protest is being organized by the Raise the Rates Campaign, with the involvement of groups including OCAP, CUPE Ontario, the Kingston Coalition Against Poverty and Poverty Makes us Sick, from Kitchener-Waterloo.

"Why participate in another consultation? The government knows it's time to restore the cuts they've made, but instead is pursuing more program cuts that will only increase poverty," says Carrie Lynne Poole-Cotnam, chair of CUPE Ontario's Social Service Workers' Coordinating Committee. "In every community, local groups will stand up for fairness for all Ontarians by showing up to these consultations to blow away the government's smokescreen on poverty."

WHO: Raise the Rates Campaign
WHAT: Picket outside government anti-poverty consultations
WHEN: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, September 12
WHERE: 519 Church Street, Toronto

Contact Information

  • For more information or to arrange interviews:
    Craig Saunders
    CUPE Communications
    416-576-7316
    csaunders@cupe.on.ca