Anti-Poverty Act Re-introduced in Parliament


Following in the footsteps of her NDP predecessors, yesterday MP Jean Crowder (also the critic for human resources and skills development) re-introduced An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada.  Originally introduced into the House in June last year by former NDP colleague Tony Martin, this Bill would pave the way for a mandated federal poverty strategy, as well as important supports and tools needed to adequately address poverty in this country.

Seconded by Burnaby-New Westminster MP Peter Julian, this private members Bill is  now known as Bill C-233, but contains the same comprehensive plan, and articulate language used in the first iteration.  See our previous blog on the original Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada for more details.

To read the introduction of the Bill click here.

Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada is pleased to see the Bill up for debate back in the House, and believes this is an integral step forward towards eradicating poverty.  A campaign that Canada Without Poverty co-leads with Citizens for Public Justice and Make Poverty History, this Bill represents the 2nd goal of the campaign, and would ensure enduring federal commitment to poverty action.

Canada Without Poverty applauds the re-introduction of this Bill and encourages all Members of Parliament to support its passage into law.