Re: Following through on the What We Heard about Poverty report.
The Public Health Agency of Canada states that social and economic status “seem to be the most important determinants of health.” It is unacceptable that 557,000 British Columbians are dealing with the health consequences of poverty. I will be watching for the government’s poverty reduction plan with a keen eye. It better be accountable, bold and comprehensive. The stakes couldn’t be higher.
I can’t believe that in the year 2018 in Canada, and after 16 years of B.C. Liberal Party rule, that I would be writing your newspaper to prompt action on “poverty reduction.” Human decency would expect that the basic needs of citizens and individuals be met in a supposedly social democratic state like Canada. Please do your part, either by publishing this letter or doing an editorial on the plight of poverty.
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