Campaign 2000

Campaign 2000

January 16, 2006 10:21 ET

Speaking Up for Canada's Kids: How do the Federal Parties Rate on Children's Issues?

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 16, 2006) - Canadians have the power in this federal election to offer a positive future to children and families trapped in poverty. At a press conference today, children's advocates released an analysis of federal party proposals to address the poverty of Canada's children.

Laurel Rothman, National Coordinator of Campaign 2000, stated, "Now is when we look to our leaders for their proposals on how to ratchet down Canada's shameful rate of child and family poverty. With 1.2 million children living in poverty - one in every six - too many vulnerable children are growing up with lost opportunities. We know what makes a difference for children and their families - it's effective income security programs and reliable community services. Campaign 2000 has outlined its longstanding recommendations and asked the leaders for their proposals for public policies and investments. Let's see how they line up!"

June Callwood, Co-Chair of Campaign Against Child Poverty, commented: "Lessons from other countries which have reduced their child poverty rates show that tax cuts do not reduce poverty. What helps low-income families most is affordable housing, good quality affordable child care, and jobs with decent wages and benefits. Over one million children in this country wake up every day in poverty. They have to count on us to make decisions in this election that will improve their futures."

"Our future is in our kids," said Bishop Colin Johnson of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto. "Yet so many are growing up hungry and deprived in other ways. Our food banks are facing huge demands. The political parties and all of us need to face up to these critical issues in this election."

The summary and ranking of party leader responses to Campaign 2000 policy recommendations can be found at www.campaign2000.ca. A public message from Campaign Against Child Poverty addressing tax cuts can be found at www.childpoverty.com.

Contact Information

  • Campaign 2000
    Laurel Rothman
    National Coordinator
    (416) 575-9230 (cell)
    or
    Campaign Against Child Poverty
    June Callwood
    (416) 231-1923
    or
    Anglican Diocese of Toronto
    Bishop Colin Johnson
    (416) 363-6021, ext. 250